Vintage 50s L-2A Blue USAF bomber pilots jacket RARE NICE Air Force Korean War. This is the holy grail of flight jackets! MISSING MAIN ZIPPER, CAN BE REPLACED!Air Force Type L-2A Light Flying Jacket replaced the highly popular Type L-2 Light Flying Jacket in 1950. Like the L-2, the L-2A Flying Jacket was favored for its lightweight construction, comfortable non-bulky warmth and natural good looks. The L-2A Flying Jacket was intended for wear in climates between 42 degrees and 65 degrees Fahrenheit, thus ideally suited for spring, summer and fall. The essential difference between the L-2 Flying Jacket and L-2A was color.
By 1950, the USAF began changing the color of most of its flying clothing from Olive Drab to Air Force Blue as part of an overall plan to forge a separate identity from the other branches of service, especially the army; however, this very attractive, distinctive blue color lasted in production but for a short while. The realities of combat in Korea proved that a downed aviator had a far better chance of survival and evading capture wearing clothing in a color that camouflaged the wearer, thus the blue flying clothing became nothing much more than a prestige symbol used in non-combat areas by the end of the Korean War. The item "Vintage 50s L-2A Blue USAF Bomber Pilots Jacket RARE NICE Air Force Korean War" is in sale since Sunday, March 14, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Korea (1950-53)\Original Period Items".The seller is "commonrareninbetween" and is located in Dayton, Texas. This item can be shipped worldwide.