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From an aviation museum collection. This jacket has been in dry storage at our annex for at least 10 years. We are reducing our military clothing inventory at this time.This B-15 flight jacket is believed to be from a Flying Tiger pilot, most likely (but not definitively) from the 14th Air Force period.Our ex museum-president, who put together our current "Flying Tigers" exhibit and who served in the CBI theater, vouches for its authenticity, particularly because of the leather tiger patch on the left breast. Above this patch is a ripped area that appears to have once held the identification of the pilot, so unfortunately this jacket remains anonymous.The original manufacturers tag reads as follows:JACKET INTERMEDIATE
SPECIFICATION NO. 3220
STOCK No. 8300-470732
CONT. No. W33-038AC-2547
ARNOFF MFG COMPANY
U.S. ARMY AIR FORCESIt is the "U.S. ARMY AIR FORCES" identification that leads us to believe this does not date from the AVG period.Shoulder to shoulder measurement is 16 inches.
Back Collar to lower fringe measurement is is 25 inches.
Sleeve length is 23 inches.Condition is excellent with some minor stains
On Jun-21-11 at 08:03:00 PDT, seller added the following information:
This jacket has an original "CONMAR" zipper which is fully functional.Someone who sounds like they know what they are talking about tells me this jacket was introduced in 1944, so it is definitely not AVG-era so it must be 14th Air Force.