RAF: Pre War
• Perfect Replica of the Pre WW2 RAF “Irvin” Jacket
• Period Correct Large Panels
• Heavy ¾ Sheepskin
• Triple Stitched Leather Taped Seams
• Replica RAF Zippers
• Rivetted Main Zipper
• Under Collar Strap
• Belt with Perfect Replica Buckle
• Under Arm Eyelets
In 1919 an American Leslie Irvin, made the first ever free fall parachute descent using a home made Parachute constructed on a borrowed sewing machine. The new invention was an instant success and became known as the Irvin parachute. Irvin opened production facilities in the UK in 1926 at the Irvin Parachute Co., in Letchworth, Herts, where the famous RAF Sheepskin Flying Jacket was to be "born". By the early 1930's with his parachutes were in service with some 40 air forces around the world. The first of these jackets, popularly known as "The Irvin", went into production in 1931. The early pre-war jackets were almost exclusively manufactured without horizontal seaming. The RAF only issued one sheepskin flying jacket design during WWII and not all were made by The Irvin Parachute Co, but were outsourced to several contractors as the Irvin factory concentrated on the parachutes.
We feel confident that our version of the World famous RAF Sheepskin Flying Jacket original supplied by The Irvin Parachute Company surpasses all others on the market today. We use heavy duty British Sheepskin which has been produced to match original examples in our archives, our buckles are die cast from originals, we have perfect repro Air Ministry zippers, and every minute detail recreates the original Pre WW2 model.
We generally recommend ordering your usual size for our R.A.F. styles for the intended fit (normally the one closest to your relaxed chest measurement), but you can also size up for a more relaxed fit room to add heavier layers as these jackets were often worn oversized (they were usually worn over uniforms). We don't often recommend sizing down for a very neat fit but it can sometimes work with the extra room allowed by the under arm gussets, however sizing down doesn't leave much room for additional layering.
Don’t worry, all sizing information displayed here is only a guide. Every order placed is checked over by a member of our production team who will confirm your size selection against your measurements or recommend any necessary changes that need to be made. If you have any specific queries, you can note these in the special instructions box on the ‘measurements’ page when placing your order.