An original British made RAF MKIII Cold Weather Flying Jacket which was made in the early 1980s.
This pattern of jacket was introduced into service with the RAF in the 1960s and stayed in issue for decades. It is made from a ventile cotton which was popular with the RAF for many years due to its very good waterproof and windproof qualities. 'NZ' marked nickel plated zippers are fitted throughout and the cuffs fasten with velcro. A pen pocket is located to the upper left sleeve and there is a velcro patch stitched to the chest to which a removable badge could be attached. This would have most likely shown the rank and aircrew qualification of the original owner. Between the outer layer and the lining is a mess liner which is intended to keep the wearer at a good temperature. There is also a hood concealed inside the jacket which pulls out through the back of the neck and there is a large fishtail inside the jacket which is held in place with velcro.
Both the original labels are present to the interior and are bright and legible. The larger of the two is a care label and bears the title of 'Suit, Aircrew, Cold Weather Mark 3 Jacket'. The second label is the manufacturer's label which bears the size of 2, the broad arrow marking and the supply date of 1981/82.
The jacket is a smaller size which is designed to fit a 36" - 38" chest depending on desired fit. When laid flat it measures -
Chest - 25"
Inside arm - 17 1/2"
Outside arm - 21 1/2"
Shoulders - 19 1/2"
Length - 21 1/2"
The jacket is in good condition for its age and is still very wearable. It does have limited signs of wear and age including a long repair to the rear. Overall it displays well but please take time to study the pictures and bear in mind that this is a vintage, pre-worn item which may have small flaws commensurate with age.
A nice original early 1980s example which are now becoming harder to find.
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