Original U.S. WWII Manhattan Project B-3 Sheepskin Bomber Jacket - Size 42

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. During World War Two the B-3 was a jacket designed specifically for the high-altitude needs of bombers. This was a bulky sheepskin jacket with a heavy-duty sheep-fur lining meant to keep men warm 25,000 feet in the air. For extra protection, the wide sheepskin collar could be closed with two leather straps. Far bulkier than typical flight jackets, the B-3 does not have a knit waistband and trim fit that made the other jackets famous.
Its warmth and durability made it a hit, even with Army General George S. Patton. The B3 was a heavy-duty jacket designed for the sub-freezing temperatures of high-altitude flying. Today multiple reproductions are produced and many cost well over $1000 because the B-3 is a great, time-tested option.

The jacket shows signs of heavy wear and has some damage to the cuffs and sleeves. The buckles are still there, but the strap has been damaged. Brass Talon zipper is fully functional.

It bears the hand painted insignia of the Manhattan Project. It is still visible and is in good condition. It also holds the Bombardier insignia which is also in a good condition. The USAAF insignia is present on the left sleeve.

During World War II, the Manhattan Project was a research and development effort that resulted in the development of the first nuclear weapons. It was led by the United States, with the United Kingdom and Canada on board. Major General Leslie Groves of the United States Army Corps of Engineers oversaw the project from 1942 to 1946. The Manhattan Project began modestly in 1939, but grew to employ over 130,000 people and cost nearly $2 billion (approximately $23 billion in 2019). Over 90% of the cost was spent on building factories and producing fissile material, with less than 10% spent on weapon development and production. More than thirty sites in the United States were used for research and production.

This is a good condition WW2 manufactured B-3 Shearling bomber jacket in size 42 with original data tag that reads:
DWG. NO. 33H5595
A.C.ORDER NO. 42-5111-A
Rough Wear Clothing & Co Middletown, PA

Approximate Measurements:
Collar to shoulder: ”12
Shoulder to sleeve: ”24
Shoulder to shoulder: ”19
Chest width: ”23
Waist width: ”24
Hip width: ”25
Front length: "30

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