Oh wow! Think about dashing John Travolta in his that black bomber jackets! It was a style statement accepted all over the world and by almost all generations. But unfortunately, the cost of these bomber jackets was something of a deterrent. And not everyone could afford a fully leather covered jacket soft as butter with squashy fleece linings.
A little history about the bomber jackets
The bomber jackets were originally used by Air Force pilots who wore the soft leather jackets to protect themselves, against the low temperature in the high altitudes. Originally, the bomber jackets were called as flight jackets and they were commonly used to protect the pilots and were standard issue with the British and American Air Force. Each of the bomber jackets became synonymous with the flight jockeys due to tweaks in the design. As planes started to get faster and faster and moving to higher and higher altitudes, the cockpits became much colder.
The ordinary flight jackets became insufficient to keep the pilots warmer and it became necessary to design better and much warmer clothes to keep pilots safe. Although these were a few of the older reasons, bomber jackets became popular with teenagers and Hollywood stars who found the bomber jackets very comfortable to wear. They were eventually considered as style statements. But with modern designs, fabrics changed to make bomber jackets redundant. Nylon jackets and jumpsuits became the official uniform of the pilots who were then given the bomber jackets as souvenirs. This created a huge range of issues as pilots liked the bomber jackets and wanted the style to remain. This led to a review of styles and uniforms and the bomber jackets were reassigned to pilots in 1988. Collectors vie now to collect the original A2 style of bomber jackets which was first issued in 1927.
Fashion and bomber jackets
Fashion was influenced hugely by these widely popular jackets and many people started to include these in their wardrobe. Women’s bomber jackets in several colors became a hot trend. Now, you can bid on sites like ebay for vintage bomber jackets, which are really valuable. You may or may not get the original designs however as very few have survived till present. The ones for sale on ebay may be copies and unused surplus copies that have not been issued to any pilots and are sold because they are in excess.Bomber jackets are those special suits that are mostly used by the people in the aviation field. They are of great use to these people as they provide the ultimate protection while they are at work. It was after the World War II, the use of the Bomber jackets became more and more popular. Until that, the use of nylon was restricted only to parachute making and so there was a demand for it to make these bomber jackets. People used special high quality cotton to make these bomber jackets initially and then later found that they were devoid of a perfect material that was special and strong. Therefore the right material was in need to make it extra strong, tough and durable to use in more tough terrains. Then they discovered that nylon was the apt material to manufacture these bomber jackets. Bomber jackets nowadays are produced from various high quality materials due to the advancement in the technology. Earlier, skin of animals was used to get these jackets. Skin of sheep, cow, crocodile, deer, ox and buffalo were used. Different types of skins were used to get different type of leather jackets to suit the respective purpose. There are many types of bomber jackets like those for men, women, for kids, for general civilian use, aviation use, army, flight crew use, navy use and so on. As a result different technologies, in addition to combination of materials were implemented to get the right bomber jacket. The need of the bomber jackets were always high due to the quality and the result that it gives. Most of the pilots who are in the aviation field need to travel in some of the extreme cold and killing temperatures. Normally when at plains, the temperatures might seem to be normal, whereas at higher altitudes they are really low. At times, ordinary suits will not go well with the atmosphere, so these bomber jackets aid them to cope up with that extreme temperate, keeping their body at the right warmth. As it is water resistant, it does not allow water to stay in the jacket and avoids freezing. Almost all safety features are embedded in these bomber jackets and in addition to that it is designed in a fashionable way. After a particular time these jackets were also meant for civilian use and hence various designer and fashionable jackets were manufactured. Almost all types of jacket for various purposes are available in the market.