USN 37J1 Flying Jacket:


We are excited to have found the complete specifications for the 37J1 series of flight jackets. They have been hidden away and forgotten for nearly a century. The documents are very detailed and even dictate pocket size and position, thread type, and full construction details.

Presenting the most detailed, high quality reproduction of the US Navy's first leather flight jacket available today. This reproduction is built according the the original military specifications. Great care was taken to get the small details correct, like the two piece sleeves, two panel back, double top stitched pockets with angled flaps, reinforced snaps on the collar, antique style Horn buttons, real Casein inner buttons, and a reproduction of the original label down to the font size changes & thread color.

The original jackets were made from Chocolate brown Sheepskin and Capeskin leather. Our Chocolate Capeskin leather has been carefully selected, tanned, and dyed to match the original hides used. This hide is from South Africa like the original hides used. It is specially made for Headwind to our specifications and is not available from other manufacturers. The weight, color, and graining of this hide is a virtual match to some of the hides used in the 1920's-1930's.

​These jackets have a slim vintage fit. They run about 1/2 size smaller then a modern jacket. If you may want to order a size up if you are concerned about the fit. You can inquire about sizing by using our contact form:

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