Alpha MA-1 Women’s
Alpha MA-1 Women’s
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Colors marked down are final sale. Items on final sale cannot be returned or exchanged. Cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions. As one of this season’s most iconic staple pieces, the MA-1 bomber jacket is the current must have. Ideal for both men and women, this bomber jacket can be considered a unisex style. All of our MA-1 jackets are reversible to bright orange, making them the ultimate bold statement at any occasion. For a looser fit, explore the men’s MA-1 found here.
- Water Resistant
- Alpha logo on zig-zag zipper extension
- MA-1 utility pocket on sleeve
- Signature red “Remove Before Flight” flag
- Sleeve shirring
- Two lower flap pockets
- Two interior welt pockets
- Knit rib collar, cuffs and waistband
- Ottoman knit cuffs
Specs & Materials
Length: Above Hip
Shell: 100% Flight Nylon
Lining: 100% Nylon
Fill: 100% Polyester
Care: Dry Clean Only
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The Alpha MA-1 Women’s is a modified version of Alpha’s timeless MA-1 bomber jacket for ladies. It features everything that makes the Alpha MA-1 so coveted, including the water resistant nylon shell, bright orange reversible liner, and elastic knit cuffs and waist .
A snippet about the Alpha MA-1 Women’s:
“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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