It was a rough mission that got even rougher. The B-17 waist gunner saw other bombers explode in flames and plummet to the ground. His plane refused to go down easy. The sky was lousy with flak and enemy fighters. Even worse? The 50-calibers were burned out and empty, like every other gun onboard. Enemy planes closed in for the kill, stalking the wounded bomber like hungry sharks. The gunner reached inside his leather jacket. It was time to improvise.
He pulled out his pistol, fired into the enemy plane and dropped it with a single bullet. It was a one-in-a-million shot that saved the day, but that man never considered himself a hero. He was an American soldier. That's what they did. And this is what they wore. This G-1 Leather Flight Jacket is crafted to the exacting specifications of the U.S. military, and remains an officially-issued item for flyers. It's the version worn by fighter pilots who escorted bombers on their most dangerous missions. Crafted of antiqued lambskin leather, the jacket also features a detachable sheepskin collar and secures with a heavy-duty brass zipper. Wear it with pride knowing that veterans for generations have done the same. The G-1 feels like a jacket with history... because it is.