In 1947, the US Army Air Force became independent from the Army and became the new US Air Force. At the same time, the L-2 was updated to a deep blue color of the blue sky. The jacket is just a color change from the original L-2, named L-2A, which is also known as "Air Force blue" to enhance the air Force's image.
The L-2A was tested in 1950 and adopted in 1952, during the Korean War, and became popular with pilots operating on the Korean Peninsula.
Although the color of L-2A is very special and beautiful, it is not practical as a flight suit. In actual combat, if you are forced to land in enemy territory or need to take cover, the blue color is too conspicuous and is not conducive to escape. To solve this problem, the grey-green L-2B was introduced around 1955.
Bronson L-2A Flight Jacket outer is made of double-yarn nylon with a water-repellent coating. The lining is a unique rayon/cotton blend fabric for a thick, silky feel and some warmth, similar to the original. The zippers are vintage CONMAR zippers from IDEAL. The main zipper is tin plating, and the sleeve zipper is copper oxide. The collar and cuff are from a wool blend(70% wool/ 30% acrylic), the cuffs are tubular and have are no-seam rib-knit cuff.
In order to best determine fit, it may be helpful to compare our garment’s measurements to a similar garment you already own. Lay your garment on a flat surface and take all measurements from the outside of the garment.
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Excellent product. I had an original very close to it. Only the delivery was a disaster. Not Bronson fault.
Great quality jacket with a perfect fit. Family and friends have already commented on how good this jacket looks. I usually wear either a size 40 or 42 jacket and found the fit was spot on for me in a size 40. The fit/sizing chart provided by Bronson was very helpful. Shipping was exceptionally fast. I would not hesitate to recommend this jacket to anyone that is considering an L-2A reproduction.
This is a cool looking jacket. Excellent workmanship and good material. This jacket is perfect for Northern California’s spring, summer and fall. I am very happy with it. I have already ordered another L-2 flight jacket (olive green).
The jacket has a good, strong colour and is on point with other examples I've seen. The materials are of good quality. The collar, cuffs and waistband show no signs of piling and are retaining their shape well. The zippers are of good quality. A little stiff at first but some graphite sorted that problem! The decals on the interior and shoulder are strong in colour and have, so far, suffered no degradation. All in all a excellent facsimile of a great flight jacket at what I would describe as good value for the cost. Keep up the good work!
Bought this blue one along with the olive, because I wanted to have the color way the USAF went to when they became separate service. It looks and feels good, fitting well over a variety of clothing, including the C-2 sweater, which increases the seasons in which I can wear the jacket. Material quality and construction are excellent. Very pleased with this purchase.
I am a US Air Force vet and crewed a B-52G in the 60's. Later when Viet Nam was ramping up and SAC was down-grading in the late 60's, I transfered to C-130's working out of Tan Son Nhut and later Cam Ranh Bay with the 834th AD. the L-2B was my favorite flight jacket and although this one is not exactly the same as my original issue, it is the best reproduction that I have been able to find. My original seemed to have shrunk over the years. Thanks to you, I now have one that fits. Thanks, brings back the smell of cordite and jet fuel and I will never forget that cockpit smell. Thanks again, and God bless you from an old pilot.
Stunning jacket! Real fantastic repro of my fovourite flying jacket. I agree with Gary that you can size down. My B15C is a 42 and fits me spot on (slim fit). The L-2 is perfect for me in 40.
Fantastic jacket! I had a green one from the previous run. This one seems to be made out of sturdier nylon, and has less insulation, so it's a great wind-breaker. Note: I usually buy Large sizes from Bronson, my B-10 is XL, but with this one I had to go for a M based on the measurements - and I'm happy with the fit.