B-3 Jacket, Bomber Jacket, sheepskin, with a loss of 3F for every thousand feet of altitude, the W.W.II pilots and bombardiers flying at 30,000 feet in the middle of winter needed a seriously warm coat. The B-3 Bomber Jacket came through. First issued on May 8, 1931, for open- cockpit altitude flying, the B-3 has shearling in the body, sleeves, and tall neck. The soft outer lamb skin is specially treated to make it even more resistant to water, gasoline, oil, and dirt. And as tough as lambskin is, we added even tougher horsehide to those high abrasion areas most vulnerable to the points and sharp edges protruding from a metal aircraft cockpit. Specifics: brass zipper with a generous shearling-lined windscreen; tall collar with snaps to keep it down in wind and double straps to keep it up in cold; single glove/map pocket (officers must have their hands free to salute, not in their pockets); and epaulette tabs for insignia. Earlier B-3s had full epaulettes, but they dangerously interfered with parachute harness straps.
From Maxim Magazine editorial, November 1999.
US AUTHENTIC B-3 SHEARLING FLIGHT JACKET
Lowdown: You gotta respect a jacket that requires the slaughter of two farm animals to produce it. The B-3 counters the high-tech movement with real slices of lamb and bovine epidermis. And yes, this is an exact replica of the jacket that kept WWII door gunners snuggly while they blasted Jerry from a frigid 30,000 feet.
Statement it makes: "Whoops. Looks like I forgot to make my tax deductible PETA contribution again."
The freezer test: In the early stages, our tester noticed an uncomfortable chill moving down his lower arms and across his waist. But miraculously, the jacket (or the three-beer Buzz?) halted most of the cold front an hour later. "I feel pretty good in this thing," he said, "except for a slight numbness a the base of my spine." Then again, maybe it was shrapnel.
Verdict: The B-3 is more than just nostalgia. Design like this brought victory, and it still wins the cold war around town.
see what our costomer saying (more testemonial under the review link).
B-3 "Life Saver" by Glenn Brooks
"I was one of the people in Buffalo NY that was caught in that snow storm on the highway for 18 hours. Last year I purchased your B3 bomber jacket and thank god I was wearing it. You guys produce a great product that maybe didn't save my life but got close. I love my B3 and I wish there was a way that I could turn other people on about your products. Thanks again! My friends laughed about the over $600 price tag but to me it was well worth it! Have a happy holiday."
B-3 Jacket, Bomber Jacket, sheepskin. Made in USA!3/4" sheepskin (16-18mm).Natural -off white color fur, seal brown exterior.Horsehide russet layered sleeves and front pockets.Natural...
- Price: $869.00 - In stock
- Brand: U.S. Authentic MFG. Co.
- Product ID: 0010
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B3 custom made Review by Alfredo
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I received My Jacket really Fast, and It was custom made with a Larger Collar, I really love the look, Thank you so Much. (Posted on 4/28/2016)
Great jacket Review by patches67
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Looks like the original B-3 without the wear & tear. I believe I could put this on and walk across the Antarctic and survive! Thanks. (Posted on 4/23/2016)
B-3 Jacket Review by Mountain Pilot
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I purchased my B3 in March of 2007. It's been everywhere. I have my name in the USAAF heat stamp and a the "Wright" (for Wright Field) hand painted arrowhead on the customary 5" leather disc...sewn on the left chest. The USAAF "star and wings" decal is on the left shoulder. All this from homework. I've had no problem with the sewn name tag or 5" leather disc tearing the sheepskin. Also...I KEEP IT CONDITIONED! Important for the dry Rocky Mountain climate I live in. The leather conditioning has brought out the natural wrinkles in the sheep skin hide, and it's getting a good patina. Actually did some open cockpit and AT-6 flying with it. It REALLY fit in with those machines. Anyway great jacket. (Posted on 12/12/2015)
Ecellent Jacket Review by Skimeister
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Received my B-3 Bomber Jacket 27 June 2015. I had an original B-3 about thirty five years ago. This jacket is exactly the same! The quality is fabulous! BIG thanks to those at Flight Jackets for a job well done! (Posted on 6/10/2015)
Practically Bullet Proof Review by George
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I've pretty much always liked bomber jackets, I also like Biker jackets as well, I have one (Branded with custom work) but not to get off track. I like watching old WWII movies as well, a lot of them were in B&W but if you do some reasearch you can find out more on the B3 Bomber jacket and how it's made and it's looks as well. Two movies come to mind. Stalag 17 with William Holden and The War Lover with Steve McQueen &Robert Wagner. The US Authentic B3 is pretty much dead on, the stitching, types of leather, all the attention to detail and craftsmanship is in this jacket. When buying a authentic Bomber jacket I personally don't know of any place in the Chicago area that you can go to and pick one up so you pretty much have to go on line. There were a few web sites I looked at, Cockpit, Gibson & Barnes, Eastman and US Authentic. I picked US Authentic over the other companies based on their website, the picture of the B3 was what I belive to be the most authentic jacket and Shaul was very helpful. I did have a left pocket installed on mine and looks great, probably next year after the winter I'll send it back and have them sew in an AAF/HQ arm patch and a name patch as well. Oh and by the wa,y this thing"s very warm. Thanks fro reading my review and Thanks US Authentic (Posted on 11/20/2014)
Outstanding quality Review by Jose Espiritu
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I enjoy looking on it as much as I enjoy wearing it! The materials and the way it was made is cut above the rest. Custom made is the way to go because it fits me perfectly. (Posted on 2/23/2014)
The best jackets in the world!!! Review by Alvaro
FlightJacket.com has the best jackets in the world. Perhaps, I own different brands from Scotland, Germany, and other countries and without hesitation I have concluded that the best jacket that I ever own is the B-3 from FlightJacket.com. The materials used to make this jacket are real. The tartan or insulation used in other jackets is nothing compared to the insulation used for the jackets made by FlightJacket.com.
For sure, I believe FlightJacket.com uses real North American Sheepskin, which is the most warm and hypoallergenic material to make comfortable bomber jackets, the attention to detail and dedication on every single detail to produce a beautiful piece of art.
Furthermore, and taking the above facts in consideration and through my experience, when I was exposed to 7 degrees, snow and trapped in a storm in the Mojave Desert made me realize that the B-3 made by FlightJacket.com was a thermal armor against the elements and it drove me to buy two more jackets the “RAF” and a custom made.
The customer service provided is excellent, they are willing to go the extra mile to please your expectations, but overall Mr. Shaul Dover takes the time to make sure about your size and suggests the best materials, if you want your jacket custom made.
Thank you FlightJacket.com for your beautiful jackets and your support,
You rock guys!!!
(Posted on 3/19/2013)
B-3 Review by outstanding quality and customer service
Flight jacket.com sets the standard others will be judged
by. Matt (Posted on 12/3/2012)
Best Jacket I have ever owned Review by Garry
Just received the B-3 today. The best jacket I have ever owned. Perfect fit and the craftsmanship is second to none. The UPS delivery guy was still here when I unpacked it and put it on. He wants one now. I would recommend USAuthentic to anyone looking at getting a jacket like this. And I will. (Posted on 3/4/2011)
For Those Who Like it Authentic Review by Dr. Tom
This B3 jacket is made of high quality materials and construction. I ordered the stock product and tried it on for size (the 42 fit like a 42). Then I sent it back and had them custom make one with seal brown trim instead of russet. It looks and feels just like I had anticipated. It captures the quality an authenticity of the originals, but it is new and not worn out. In this way, I get to wear a functional antique and get the full life out of it. I received it on January 5th, so I was able to try it out in the cold weather. It stands up to a stiff, sub-freezing wind like nothing else. I also have a horsehide A2 by US Authentic and am very satisfied with both products. (Posted on 1/8/2011)