AERO USAAF B6 REDSKIN / SEAL
The B6 is one of the rarest flight jackets of WW2. Although the introduction of a heavy sheepskin flying jacket, the Type B3, was very popular with flight crews, at anything but the highest altitudes the B3 proved too bulky and cumbersome, even in the relatively roomy heavy bombers; and impossible to wear in the cramped confines of a fighter cockpit! The USAAF's answer to this dilemma was to produce a lightweight sheepskin in 1939, very much along the lines of the D1, but with a bi-swing back, adjustable cuffs and epaulets.
Arguably the most wearable of the WWII Flight Jackets, this one has other unusual features: the side adjustment features a unique zip closure waist adjustment method, drawing the bottom of the jacket in at the waist. The cuffs fasten by stud, and the B6 is the only AAF Shearling Jacket with epaulettes.
B6's had the lowest survival rate of all the USAAF WWII sheepskin jackets, and an original B6 jacket is a very rare item indeed. The rarest of the rare of course, is a Redskin B-6. Although some of the early versions were made in what had now become known as "redskin" sheepskin (a term not used during WWII) the vast majority were made in the standard seal brown.
This Aero example uses contrast seal Horsehide trim and original Aero Beacon NY patterns. As Aero were the major B6 contractor during WWII (a few B-6 jackets were made by Bristol Manufacturing) they follow the original USAAF design faithfully, as made by Aero Beacon New York C.1942.
As with all of our Aero Leather Jackets, the B6 can be custom ordered to your specifications. Arrange an appointment for a consultation or contact us to discuss the options. We can adjust the jacket for your height and tweak the pattern slightly to suit your build in some cases. In store we have a full set of sample swatches for available shearling options.
Made in Scotland
Domestic Shipping Within Australia
Shipping costs are based on the size and/or weight of the item purchased. All orders over $300 AUD are shipped express for free Australia-wide.
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International Shipping - Rest of World
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All orders received before 2pm will be shipped the same day wherever possible. However, delays can sometimes happen due to courier collection. If significant delay is expected prior to shipping your order, we will do our best to keep you informed.