The "TYPE A-2" jacket was standardized on May 29th, 1931 and was manufactured under contract until 1943. It was the regulation ARMY AIR CORPS intermediate flying jacket and was issued and used until the end of WWII. The A-2 takes credit as being one of the most famous of all the WWII Flying jacket and was considered a must have jacket by both the pilots and flight crews. The natural distressing and personalized details gave each garment it own unique signature and character. The escape map detail dates back to the engagement of the Air Force in the European theatre of operations. The jacket was worn by pilots in the 8th, 9th, 12th and 15th divisions flying B-17 and B-24 bombers as well P-38,P-47 and P-51 Fighters. The escape map of Europe was originally hand sewn into the lining by the pilot in the event that his plane was shot down behind enemy lines thus allowing the downed pilot to navigate his way back to the safety of the allied troops. This A-2 flight jacket features dual-entry side and patch pockets, and a generous fit. This jacket is imported.