5 Interesting Facts about a B3 Bomber Jacket

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What is a b3 bomber jacket?

An American aviator, Leslie Leroy Irvin, designed the now legendary Irvin RAF Sheepskin Flying Jacket. Authentic B3 Bomber was the jacket that kept the bomber crews warm during their perilous missions in the skies over Europe. The B-3 is the classic WWII sheepskin leather “Bomber” jacket. B-17s and B-24s were not pressurized and the unheated cabins got awfully cold at altitude! The B-3 features: shearling, tanned from thick Nappa Leather, all-natural sheep fur, leather welted seams, brass zipper, and buckled collar and waist-adjustment straps. These are also called B3 Flight Jackets now.

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How warm is a B3 Bomber jacket? 

Perfect for the winter, woolen bomber jackets are a definite ‘must-have’. Shearling is skin from a recently shorn sheep or lamb that has been tanned and dressed in the wool left on. It has a suede surface on one side and a clipped fur surface on the other. Wool not only will keep you warm, exhibiting a functional aspect, but looks equally stylish, with the right fit and even texture that makes this type of bomber jacket unique.

How much does a b3 bomber Jacket cost?

You should expect to pay between $100 and $700 for a decent leather bomber jacket, and You can find cheap b3 bomber jackets under $200 with a tasteful synthetic shearling, and above $200 with real shearling lining that you call an authentic b3 bomber jacket

Real shearling is made from real sheep or lamb fur but Faux shearling fur is made from a soft synthetic material that looks and feels like real sheepskin but without the steep price tag and need for costly upkeep, i.e. dry cleaning. Most faux shearling is 100 percent acrylic, which means it has the added convenience of being hand- or machine-washable.

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Fashionable B3 Bomber Jackets

The authentic B3 Bomber jackets were not meant to be worn in regular cold weather. It was specifically intended to give warmth at an altitude of twenty-five thousand feet. The modern type B-3 has become an item proudly passed from father to son, generation after generation, not to be replaced, traded, or retired, but cherished and worn for its amazing natural properties. It has been immortalized in history and on film by some of the world’s greatest icons from McQueen to Monroe. The classic b3 bomber jackets come with faux fur nowadays with the original design. Many manufacturers take inspiration from the B3 Bomber leather jacket and innovate design with lapel collar, zipper cuff, buckle hemline, etc. These modern b3 jackets are called simple shearling jackets. Our many exacting reproductions of this timeless flight jacket can be found HERE

Advantages of B3 Bomber Jacket

  • B3 Bomber jackets are extremely lightweight.
  • Water repellent layers of sheepskin make B3 bomber jackets waterproof.
  • Sheepskin wicks perspiration away from your skin and keeps you warm and dry in a chilly wet winter climate.
  • With proper care and maintenance, you can enjoy the comfort and warmth of B3 Bomber jackets for up to decades.



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