Alpha MA-1 Youth
Alpha MA-1 Youth
About the Alpha MA-1 Youth
- This jacket runs large so we recommend ordering one size lower than your typical size.
- Our kids MA 1 has a look both military personnel and civilian kids will love: a sage green nylon shell, emergency orange lining, and an assortment of authentic flight patches
- The kids bomber jacket has a polyester interlining, a knit collar, waistband and cuffs for warmth in temperatures 25 degrees Fahrenheit and above
- This boys MA-1 is machine washable, and features five pockets total: one utility pocket, two inside pockets and two outside pockets to keep treasures close by
Available sizes: 2T, 3T, 4T, 4/5, 6/7, YS(8), YM, YL, YXL18
Available colors: Sage Green
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Product code: YJM21001C1
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The Alpha MA-1 Youth jacket leads in warmth and durability. This kids flight jacket is based on MA-1 men’s classic, featuring the same authentic Alpha Signature utility/pencil pocket, 100% nylon outer shell/polyester interlining. The boys MA-1 has four additional pockets, both inside and outside, plus a knit collar, cuffs and waistband for warmth.
More on the Alpha MA-1 Youth:
“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.”
The Alpha MA-1 Youth features genuine patches and sage green color is paired with an orange lining for pint-sized authenticity.
|Dimensions||34 × 32 × 23 cm|
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