It was initially issued to mechanics and engineers during WWII. During World War II, when used as a working cap for land mechanics, the flat and wide brim was a feature of the cap, which effectively shielded the sun. The simple yet functional design of the A-3 Cap grew in popularity, which led to it being used by other parts of the US Military.
Good attempt, but no cigar! Bronson have got the pattern and fit exactly like the original A-3 mechanics cap - I have 7 originals in my collection. There are 3 BIG problems with their reproductions, and if these were fixed, they would have a very accurate product. 1. The HBT material should be sage green - it’s not far off, but could be better. 2. The dye used needs to be UV resistant - I know too many people who have watched their Bronson A-3 cap turn yellow after just a few months wear. 3. The AAF logo needs to be hand stamped in blue (permanent) ink, NOT with a heat applied transfer. No original has a perfect AAF stamped mark, so an accurate reproduction doesn’t need a perfect AAF stamp - certainly not a heat applied transfer. I have let Bronson know of the feedback and improvements they could make separately, so hopefully they will take note.
The cap is simple and accurate. Every time I head out to the garage I wear it. The brim almost naturally rises up in the best tradition of WW2 mechanics. Totally satisfied as with other items I’ve bought from Bronson.
Great hat!! Exactly what I was looking for very comfortable and lightweight . I like how you can shape the bill different ways! Thanks it's a 7 1/2 fits perfect!!
Another great cap from Bronson MFG and a fraction of the price of other reproductions out there!
Perfekt ✌️ ✌️
Great cap, nice fit. Advice: consider to size up, cotton tends to schrink when worn in hot/humide conditions. I have size 59cm, ordered size 7,5.
My 10th item from bronson and every piece of clothing has been outstanding, the usaaf hat fitted just right, good peak that can be curled easily for that ww2 look, thank you bronson people.
A lovely piece of work, pretty indistinguishable from actual WW2-era caps and clothing which I've owned or handled. And I'm not putting a now-rare historical artifact at risk by wearing it in scruffy situations!
The quality and craftsmanship are top notch, well worth it.
Great A-3 cap, but made from USMC weave HBT fabric, and missing the last "S" at the end of the insignia which should read ARMY AIR FORCES instead of ARMY AIR FORCE
Just got my A-3 Mechanics' Cap, and it's already on its' way to becoming a trusted wardrobe standby! (it's also a remarkably exact replication of ww2-era uniform items...) Looking forward to acquiring more!
Nice Selvedge denim Cap, great quality as always with Bronson.
Love this hat. Great quality. I ordered 7.5 but wear a 7.25. Washed it in cold water and air dry and it fits perfectly.
Great cap! At first I found the size to be somewhat generous, but after a machine wash it fits true to size and looks so much cooler!
Good hat !!! I recommend !!!
Nice Cap, great Qualität, very authentic.
Mr C H.
Nicely made and the fit is true to size. (I'm normally a 60/61 and ordered the 7 3/4 and the fit is spot on.) Very happy.
For the price it's far better than I expected. I have an original from wwii in olive drab, this is an excellent copy. I believe the army air force printed on the side may be incorrect. should be army air corps. airforce came about in 1947. otherwise, nice cloth, stitching and look are very close to the original.
Great cap, fantastic fit, speedy delivery, five star service.!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Solid hat, can’t wait to put some miles on it.
Just had to get it in indigo, great cap, well made nice it .
Yet another great product from Bronson, the quality and fit are on point. I will definitely be ordering the denim version to this. Size 7 3/4 nice deep full cut .
Received mine in the mail today, fits perfectly and is almost identical to the real ones I've seen!
Cool reminds me of my old army hat,but better.
Looks good. Feels a bit flimsy. Didn't look right on my head.
Great customer service and fast shipping.
The hat is exactly what I was looking for. 7 1/2 fits great for my considerably large head. Great repro!
Cool cap slightly shallow in the head but then I have a big head. Love the cap.