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Buzz Rickson’s Issues Its Summer-Ready MIL J-7758A Flight Jacket

If you thought you couldn’t wear an Air Force flight jacket in the warmer weather, maybe you were just thinking of the wrong jacket. Forget the B-7, A-2, or G-1, Buzz Rickson’s MIL J-7758A is shedding light on a rarely seen summer weight flying jacket, first introduced during WWII.

Their offering is a direct reproduction of the mid-50s model of the same name, and since it swaps leather for cotton twill, it’s an extremely versatile piece when it comes to layering. And although at first glance it looks like the jacket got its start on the fashion runway opposed to the plane runway, each detail prioritizes function over form and you’re reminded that this was part of a military uniform.

It features 4 front pockets, action pleats for added flexibility, brass zipper with built-in cord to prevent tearing, and and a killer short round collar. So whether you want to fill the lightweight jacket gap or need a place holder while you track down an original – best of luck – you can’t do better than this.

Available for $280 from Hinoya