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MA-1 Flight Jackets

The MA-1 bomber jacket also know as the MA-1 flight jacket was first developed in the mid 1950's. The MA-1 bomber jackets were needed at that time because the emergence of the jet age created new requirements for pilot performance, safety and comfort. The MA-1 was designed by the Air Force to serve as an intermediate weight flight jacket for use all year. This was accomplished by manufacturing the MA-1 from very high quality nylon fabrics and polyester interlinings. The light weight nylon design allowed the pilot in warm weather to wear the jacket open and be comfortable; upon entering the aircraft, the pilot could zip the MA-1 closed and be afforded ample protection against the cold conditions encountered in flight. The MA- 1 Jacket not only keeps the wearer warm, but is highly comfortable, the jacket is very popular in Europe and Australia during the winter. The jacket is also worn by many people in North America, where it is commonly known as a bomber jacket, especially in areas with cold weather. These bomber jackets became popular in the late 1970s. During the 1980s the bomber jackets had extensive exposure in style magazines such as The Face and i-D, often re-imagined by clothes designers of the time. The MA-1 is also in use in several police forces where cold weather is a part of everyday life. They were chosen over several other designs primarily for the sturdy construction, and the heavy insulation needed in extreme cold temperatures.