Alpha MA-1 Flex Slim
Alpha MA-1 Flex Slim
- Water Resistant
- Alpha logo on zig-zag zipper extension
- MA-1 utility pocket on sleeve
- Signature red “Remove Before Flight” flag
- Sleeve shirring
- Space for patches on chest and sleeves
- Four patches included
- Two lower flap pockets
- Two interior welt pockets
- Knit rib collar, cuffs and waistband
- Ottoman knit cuffs
Specs & Materials
Fit: Core (Regular Fit)
Recommended Weather: Intermediate Weather
Shell: 100% Flight Nylon
Lining: 100% Nylon
Fill: 100% Polyester
Cleaning: Dry Clean Only
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The Alpha MA-1 Flex Slim turns the MA-1 Slim Fit Flight Jacket into a blank canvas. The jacket features four hook-and-loop areas that allow for self-expression via patches. The Alpha MA-1 Flex Slim includes four patches and others can be added to customize the look to reflect your style. Check out the limited-edition patches in the AlphaIndustries.com Patch Program. For a more relaxed fit check out the Alpha MA-1 Flex.
The Alpha MA-1 Flex Slim is a mid-weight flight nylon bomber jacket with water resistance and scads of versatility, the MA-1 Navy fighter pilot jacket was the first military flight jacket to cross over into civilian fashion. The nylon flight jacket includes knit cuffs, a knit collar and waistband, as well as a strong front zipper with storm flap for warmth. There are multiple snap-closure pockets as well as the utility/pencil pocket with the “Remove Before Flight” keychain. Like the regualar MA-1 jackets, the Alpha MA-1 Flex Slim is reversible to bright orange, making them ideal for rescue missions and other times when visibility is imperative. This current version has been kept as close as possible to the classic specifications (dating back to the early 1950’s) and also received several revisions during the 1960’s.
A snippet from Wikipedia on the Alpha MA-1:
“Prior to the invention of jet aircraft, fleece-lined leather jackets were issued to flight personnel. However, the new jets could fly at much higher altitudes and in much colder temperatures than propeller aircraft. If the heavy, bulky leather jackets became wet from rain (when the pilot walked to his aircraft) or from perspiration, the water would freeze at high altitudes, making the jackets cold and uncomfortable. Also, the new jets were more streamlined in design. Cockpits were cramped and filled with new equipment. Speedy, unimpeded ingress and egress from cockpits became even more critical for safety. Rather than bulky leather, a sleek, lightweight yet warm jacket was needed for the new jet technology.
To meet these needs, a new type of flight jacket was developed from the existing B-15 jacket, which was initially produced in cotton, but later produced in the same pattern but in high quality nylon. The B-15 had a wool collar with pile carried over from the earlier B-10 that was found to interfere with straps in practice. Nylon had been discovered prior to World War II but it was not used in flight clothing until after the war, possibly because the demand for nylon for items such as parachutes consumed the available supply during the war.
The first MA-1 jackets were issued to United States Air Force and Navy pilots and flight crews. Small numbers were also issued to Army flight personnel. MA-1 jackets first appeared in Europe in very small quantities in the mid-to-late 1950s probably on the black market and at sales of government surplus.”
|Dimensions||36 × 34 × 17 cm|
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