Item 2019.88 - B-15D Modified USAF Flight Jacket

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2019.88

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B-15D Modified USAF Flight Jacket

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  • 1954 (Creation)

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Short green nylon jacket with two front slash pockets with snap closures and two internal slash pockets. Green wool ribbed collar, cuffs and hem (with holes). It has a zipped pen pocket with leather puller on the left sleeve. It fastens with a 1952 metal Crown zip with a zig zag stitch internal placket on the right side. The faded remnants of the US Air Force wings and star insignia transfer are still evident on the left shoulder sleeve. It has back shoulder darts and also features two front snap-closure tabs under the arms for retaining headset and microphone wiring leads and a heavy, parachute harness. Nylon tab sewn to left front chest for attaching oxygen mask retainer clip. These features were removed with the development of the MA-1 flight jacket.

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Materials: Nylon, wool
Label details: Original label:
JACKET, FLYING, INTERMEDIATE
TYPE B-15D SPEC. MIL-J-525
"NO. 8310-483250-281 (rest of label is covered with Mod label)
Mod. label:
The B15-D on this Jacket has been changed to Type B15-D Modified
Size 34
8415-633-9614"

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Invisible Men exhibition label:

B-15D MODIFIED USAF FLIGHT JACKET
Rolen Sportswear Co.
1954

At first glance, this may look like a classic MA-1 Flight jacket. However, the B-15D Mod flight jacket was developed into the MA-1. The ‘mod’ designation is for modified, as the jackets were recalled in the 1950s by the United States Air Force so that the original fur collar, which was a flammable fire hazard, could be replaced with jersey ribbing.

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Archive no. 2019.88

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This US Air Force B-15D Mod flight jacket is a very rare predecessor of the MA-1 Flight jacket. The ‘mod’ designation is used because this jacket was officially modified by the USAF in the 1950s. The original B-15D jackets were issued with mouton fur collars but these were found by the USAF to be a flammable fire hazard, the modification was the removal of the fur collar and replacement with ribbing.

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