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$375 · WW2 A-3 Sheepskin Flying Pants

This is a well worn pair of original WW2 A-3 Sheepskin flying pants used by US bomber crew. They are size 40R. Made by the Aero Leather Clothing Company out of New York State in the late 1930's. There is a rip on the front, and two on the backside. Some of the zippers work but need to be re-zipped/replaced as the teeth have parted over time and I don't want to force them apart. There is a large horsehide map pocket on each leg of the pants from about the knee down. The original two-tone suspenders are in great shape and fully elastic. These trousers smell clean and like sheepskin and horsehide.

The inside tag reads:

TYPE A-3
DWG. NO. 33H5502
A.C. ORDER NO. 42-22899-5
PROPERTY
AIR FORCE, U.S. ARMY
AERO LEATHER CLO. CO.
BEACON, N.Y.
40R


Note: The Type A/B-3 was standardized on May 29th 1933. The trousers were actually ordered by the Army Air Force along with the renowned B-3 jacket, as a suit, not as a separate item; for every B-3 jacket that was made, there was respective pair of A-3 trousers. They were designed to be worn with the B-3 in extremely low temperatures. Made from high quality North American sheepskin trimmed with Russet Brown Horsehide, 1½" webbing suspenders (which have white underside), and heavy zippers. The B-3 was discontinued by the USAAF on the 23rd of May 1943.

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Ad Id21677577
CategoryOther Antiques
PostedMarch 07, 2014
Renewed December 30, 2016
Expiry January 29, 2017
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