Back when the Tom Cruise movie Top Gun gun was on screens popular bomber jackets soon followed and made their way into popular culture and sub-cultures. Today there are many jacket options to choose from and looking good and dressing practically is much simpler than ever before. Stay strapped and cover it up with the Filson for a rugged , manly look.

Heavy-duty leather flight jackets with wraparound collars, zipper closures with wind flaps, snug cuffs and waists, and some fringed and lined with fur were distributed in September 1917 for pilots serving in WW I.  In World War I, most airplanes did not have an enclosed cockpit. Pilots needing to stay warm wore jackets designed by the U.S. Army Aviation Clothing Board.

World War II saw the creation of a jacket made and designed by Leslie Irvin in 1926. His company was the main designer of a look that over the years had slight variations due to subcontractors.

The thick Leslie Irvin flight jacket was an essential piece of equipment for every member of the crew because plane technology improved and flew at altitudes as high as 25,000 feet into colder temperatures.

The Filson Oil Cloth bomber jacket is a quality jacket cut with some very clean lines yet made with organic, gentle yet durable materials. The jacket is water-repellent and has abrasion-resistant fabric.

This Filson coat has a soft cotton chamois lining in the body and is made with rain-repellent oil finish Shelter Cloth. One of the nicest features are buttons made of horn rather than plastic.

The jacket has a solid brass zipper front closure for easy jacket open and closing. The Filson is cur with a button-closure storm flap. There are 2 flap pockets, and 2 handwarmer pockets.

The Shelter Cloth is an 11-ounce oil finish with an 8.5-ounce cotton chamois lining. The collar is a 24-ounce Mackinaw Wool collar.  The front has a double closure: an easy-access zipper and button closure storm flap. The sleeves have synthetic lining for easy on and off over layers. The lower sleeves are reinforced with synthetic materials in the sleeves. The jacket will set you back about $350.00 but it’s well worth it. Good for winter or those sunny yet windy days when it’s not too hot. Good to cover your Everyday Carry (EDC).

FEATURES
  • Solid brass zipper front closure custom cut at Filson with button-closure storm flap
  • 2 flap pockets, 2 handwarmer pockets
  • Rib knit cuffs for warmth
  • Lower sleeves are reinforced
  • Fully lined with cotton chamois in the body and synthetic material in the sleeves
  • Buttons are made of horn, and feature the Filson logo
  • Hem is rib knit for warmth and comfortable fit
  • Made with water-repellent, abrasion-resistant fabric
  • Handwarmer pockets are lined
USAGE

Everyday; Field

PRODUCT CARE

Wipe or brush clean

Made in USA with imported material

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Mike credits his early military training as the one thing that kept him disciplined through the many years. He currently provides his expertise as an adviser for the DoD. Michael Kurcina subscribes to the Spotter Up way of life. “I will either find a way or I will make one”.

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