Ever since flight bomber and leather flight jackets first made their appearance they have been a staple in pilots and non-pilots wardrobes.
Here are the best flight jackets to add to your wardrobe that promise never to go out of style.
Best Flight Bomber Jackets
Alpha Industries MA-1
True to its classic military specifications, the MA-1 flight bomber jacket is perfect for everyday wear.New: $190.00
The MA-1 flight bomber jacket was the first to be seen outside the cockpit and embraced by civilians. Today, you don’t have to look too far to see pilots and non-pilots wearing the MA-1, making the Alpha Industries MA-1 the perfect flight bomber jacket for everyday wear.
The jacket is true to its classic military specifications with its two lower flap pockets, two interior pockets, Ottoman knit cuffs, knit rib collar, and waistband.
The MA-1 also features a utility pocket on its sleeve, is reversible, and uses water-resistant nylon on both sides to keep you dry.
A slim-fit version is also available.
The Rothco MA-1 is great cheaper alternative to the Alpha Industries jacket.New: $44.99
The Rothco MA-1 Flight Jacket is a good alternative to the Alpha Industries jacket if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative.
It’s might not be as well made as the Alpha Industries, but it follows a similar form and function with its fully reversible lining, water repellent outer shell, and ribbed knit collar, cuffs, and waistband.
Alpha Industries CWU 45/P
First issued to Air Force and Navy pilots, the Alpha Industries CWU 45/P is a better choice if you need more warmth.New: $190.00
What makes the Alpha Industries CWU 45/P unique is that it was the flight jacket that was first issued to Air Force and Navy pilots.
Durable yet trendy, the CWU 45/P features the signature “Remove Before Flight” flag on its utility pocket sleeve, 2 lower flap pockets, and 1 interior pocket. Staying true to style and giving it an authentic bomber look are the extra-thick knit rib cuffs and waistband, and shirred sleeves.
If you want a flight bomber jacket with the most warmth, choose the CWU 45/P over the MA-1.
Alpha Industries B-15
The Alpha Industries B-15 is another great jacket if you're looking for more warmth.New: $190.00
Similar to the CWU 45/P, the B-15 is best suited if you’re looking for more warmth than the MA-1. First introduced in the 1940s, the B-15 aviator jacket features a Mouton fur collar, and 100% wool knit waistband and cuffs.
To maintain authenticity, the B-15 sticks to its roots and features button tabs, which were once used by pilots to connect oxygen masks and headset wires.
Best Leather Flight Jackets
FLAVOR Leather Flight Bomber Air Force Aviator Jacket
A beautiful-looking leather flight jacket made from 100% genuine pigskin leather.New: $179.99
This beautiful-looking leather flight jacket from FLAVOR is made from 100% genuine pigskin leather, with 100% cotton lining and filling.
The jacket will definitely have no trouble keeping you warm in winter, and has just the right amount of stiffness all around, especially the collar that will stay exactly where you want it to.
The FLAVOR Leather Flight is available with a removable fur collar or hood option, with each jacket coming with 2 internal pockets, 2 side-entry pockets at the waist, as well as one pocket and pen holder on the left sleeve.
Marco Enzolani B3 Leather
One look at the Marco Enzolani B3 Jacket and you'll know it'll keep you as warm as possibleCheck Amazon for Pricing
Take just one look at the Marco Enzolani B3 Leather Flight Jacket and you know that it will keep you warm in even the harshest of environments.
Made from genuine sheepskin leather and real shearling fur, you will have a hard time finding other flight jackets that offer the same level of warmth and comfort – not to mention any that are also handcrafted. The side entry pockets are another nice touch and are ideally located to keep your hands warm too.
The jacket also features an inside mobile pocket, zipper, and adjustable belted straps at the waist for adjustment.
Landing Leathers G-1 Leather
Made to the same standards as the classic G-1 jackets worn by the United States Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast GuardNew: $199.99
Landing Leathers take on the G-1 leather flight bomber jacket is made to the same standards as the jacket worn by the United States Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard jacket in WW2.
It is made of genuine soft touch supple Nappa leather, features 3M Thinsulate insulated filling and a faux shearling collar for added warmth, along with dual entry pockets, an interior pocket, and ribbed cuffs and hem.
Landing Leathers Air Force A-2
The Landing Leather A-2 Jacket is better suited to less extreme weather than the G-1New: $149.99
Due to the omission of a fur collar, the A-2, which was originally designed for the United States Army Air Corps and Army Air Forces, is better suited for not as harsh environments as the G-1.
The Landing Leathers A-2 jacket features a 100% Nappa leather shell, with a comfortable 75% polyester and 25% cotton body lining. Dual entry pockets, ribbed cuffs and hem, and a front zipper are all present. The lining is imprinted with the WWII U.S. Flag to round out the jacket.
Things to Consider When Buying a Pilot Flight Jacket
If you’re anything like us, you’ll be wearing your flight jacket at every opportunity you can. So it’s a good idea not to skimp on quality, and purchase a flight jacket from a reliable brand that is known for using high-quality materials. Real leather is, of course, non-negotiable too.
While fashion and what’s in can drastically change in the blink of an eye, the great thing about flight jackets is that they defy trends with their timeless style. So we recommend sticking to the classics that will never go out of fashion instead of following trends from season to season, or year to year.
This means sticking with classically shaped designs with subtle accents and logos that aren’t overly “loud”.
It’s best to play it safe with color. A jacket in deep brown, black, navy, or green will always look good and go with the rest of your attire, especially if you’re flying on the job and carrying passengers where professionalism is important.
Consider the climate of where you live and where you fly to. If you live in or travel to a state where it rains or snows a lot, a flight bomber jacket might be the better choice due to its more water-resistant design.
Leather flight jackets, on the other hand, aren’t exactly known for their waterproof properties, though waterproof sealant spray can help if you’re really set on buying one.