WW2 German Luftwaffe Leather ' Channel ' Flight Jacket
A Luftwaffe flying jacket in blue grey soft leather this example being the version known as the ' Channel Jacket ' .
Flight jackets came in many different varieties & materials with the strain on German production due to Allied bombing of factories leading to outsourcing of uniform manufacture to small factories in German allied territories. This piece follows the typical features of a Channel type garment with natural soft leather sheepskin , front zip fastener & a blouson type waist in blue grey stretch fabric. A clothing label is still present sewn to the rear interior of the waistband although now completely washed out. There are zip fasteners to both sleeves & front fly with pop stud fasteners all having the maker logo of a non German company indicating its manufacture by a German allied country such as Bulgaria. A very nice representation this is a heavily used example in soft leather with sheepskin fur lining & collar. There are stitch repairs to the entirety of the jacket although it still displays well & would be excellent for mannequin display.