Art of the Flight Jacket

First published in 1995, John A. Maguire and John P. Conway’s book Art of the Flight Jacket: Classic Leather Jackets of World War II, still remains a seminal work on the subject of painted jackets of the US Army Air Forces in World War Two.



Following Maguire’s previous works Gear Up! and Silver Wings, Pinks and Greens, the Art of the Flight Jacket takes the readers past  flight clothing and dress uniforms into the romanticized world of the painted jackets that gave the distinctive and classic look to American airmen in the Second World War. The book covers jackets from light and medium bomber crews to fighter and heavy bomb squadrons from all theaters of war.

Although the book focuses mainly on the famous A-2 Jacket, it also includes painted examples of B-3, B-10, B-15 and other Army issue and private purchase jackets. With full color pictures of surviving jackets from veterans and private collections on every page, the book is a feast for anyone interested in authentic painted bomber jackets and a perfect addition to the enthusiasts’ bookshelf.



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For Other Books by John Maguire See:

Silver Wings, Pinks & Greens: Uniforms, Wings & Insignia of USAAF Airmen in WWII


 Gear Up!: Flight Clothing & Equipment of USAAF Airmen in WWII


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One thought on “Art of the Flight Jacket by John Maguire and John Conway

  • Bill Getz says:

    The venerable A2 jacket took on a life of its own. Mine, seen in the photo of me above, was issued on July 28, 1943. Still hanging in my home office.

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