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USAAF Type A-2: Aero Contract No. 38-1711-P

Estimated production time is currently 14-16 weeks from order confirmation
Base Price:£840.00
Standard size range is 34" to 48" inclusive, other sizes are available by special order

• Pattern taken from original 1938 jacket

• Stand collar

• Hookless riveted zipper

• Rounded pocket corners

• Sculptured pocket flap

• Military grade cotton lining

• High grade knitted cuffs and waistband

• Nipple studs

• Pictured left in Seal Jerky Horsehide

The 1938 Aero A-2 has many features not found on the later wartime A-2 jackets, the zip fitting for instance is a complex system with the left hand side of the zipper fitted between two slim leather facings which protects the lining from being caught in the zipper. The jacket has the earlier offset collar design set into to a slim leather collar stand dropped my most manufacturers, including Aero, on their WW2 jackets. The fit is slimmer than all later jackets with a tapered body, slim shoulder and sleeves.


The Aero Leather Clothing Company are proud to offer our prestigious recreation of the 1938 Aero Type A-2, contract number 38-1711-P cut from patterns developed from the original patterns used in 1938. Like all original jackets from this rare contract, our version has a nipple stud snap down flapped patch pockets, although these are slightly smaller than later versions, a shirt-style snap-down collar with collar stand and unusual semi blind neck hooks which, again, were standard to the 1938 pattern Aero A-2, the correct profile epaulettes , knitted wool cuffs and waistband, a back constructed from a single piece of leather to limit stress on the garment, The jacket is fitted with a perfect replica of the original woven Air Corps label sewn into the pure Cotton lining and the jacket is finished off with extra top stitching around the bottom of the jacket and cuffs, a feature that is unique to the 1938 Aero.

The 38-1711-P pattern is taken from an original 1938 jacket and is one of the slimmest fitting Type A-2s in our range, with a neat fit around the body, shoulders and sleeves. It also has the highest armholes of any of the Type A-2’s we offer.

We typically recommend ordering the size closest to your expanded chest measurement, but depending on their measurements, some customers size up for a more comfortable fit.


For further general sizing information, please see our sizing FAQ section. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for there, please get in touch.

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.