USAAF Type B-6: Contract No. 42-18283-P
Type B-6 lightweight sheepskin flight jacket
• USAAF Contract No 42-18283-P
• Talon Zippers
• Original Label
• Stylish Slim Fit
• Two Pockets
• Choice of Body & Trim Colours
Although the introduction of a heavy sheepskin flying jacket, the Type B-3, was very popular with flight crews, at anything but the highest altitudes the B-3 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 AAF's answer to this dilemma was to introduce the Type B-6, a lighter weight sheepskin, in 1939, very much along the lines of the D-1, but with a bi-swing back, adjustable cuffs and epaulets. This stylish Flight Jacket 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 B-6 is the only AAF Shearling Jacket with epaulettes. B-6's had the lowest survival rate of all the AAF WWII sheepskin jackets, and an original B6 jacket is a very rare item indeed.
Our Jacket is available in Redskin or Seal with matching or contract Horsehide trim. Whatever the colour selected our B-6 will be an exact recreation of the original Aero Beacon NY 1942 contract, and follows the AAF design to the infinite detail.
The Type B-6 is a silmmer fitting USAAF sheepskin. It does still have a fair amount of room around the shoulders but has a neater fit around the body - although still retains ease of movement with its bi-swing back.
We generally advise that customer order the size closest to their expanded measurement.
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.