Sunday, January 16, 2011

My new flight jacket from Eastman Leather

On Tuesday my new flight jacket from Eastman Leather arrived. It´s a replica of the USAAF B-3 flight jackets that the pilots had in WWII, it´s based on an original from 1943 to be exact.

 USAAF pilots (source:

It´s a characteristic of those jackets that they have a rugged, some kinda broken grain optics of the leather. With all the industrial help you have nowadays it´s still hard to reproduce this kinda structure, so they went back to the traditional ways of making it, due to this the leather for this jacket is hand dyed. The sheepskin which is used comes from North America.

Unfortunately the temperatures are very mild here at the moment, so I cannot wear it, cuz the it keeps you really warm... too warm right now.

In the end I wanna say "Thank you" to the guy at Eastman Leather - Rob Brace - who cared for my requirements and answered all my questions very quick. Thanks Rob... it´s not natural nowadays to get a good customer service... 

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  1. I believe I can fly, I believe I can touch the sky...

  2. ... but with a weight of app 4.0 kg / 8.8 lbs for the jacket it's hard to take off... *hahaha*

    And don't forget the weight of the guy who's wearin it...

  3. I ordered the same jacket from them on Jan 10, 2011. Looks great! How long did it take for them to ship it to you? Did you order it directly from Eastman Leather or from their US affiliate History Preservation Association?

  4. I ordered directly from Eastman Leather. I placed my order on 12/27/2010 in the evening, the jacket left their place on 01/05/2011 and I received it on 01/11/2011...

    It went through quick imho and the communication was very good all the time...

  5. Wow that's fast! They quoted me an 8 week lead time before I receive the Jacket. I'm ordering from Canada though :). I have one more quick question, what size did you order if you don't mind me asking and do you have the dimensions of the jacket available (ie: arm length, collar to bottom of jacket etc.)? I just want to compare. I ordered a 44reg.

    1. hi there,
      I'm 187 cm tall and my chest is 40 inch,shoulder to wrist is 24 inch.
      I ordered the B-3 50CAL in size 44R,I just hope it's a good size for me.

  6. I don't have it here right now... still @work.

    I took 48 reg and it fits perfect. I'm 6' tall, app. 230 lbs.

  7. Well Designed Leather Jacket i really like it..

    Reflective Motorcycle Vests

  8. Yeah, this jacket is really fantastic... I'm totally happy with it... lookin forward for the colder time of the year to wear it again...