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Traditionally insulated to keep pilots warm at high altitudes, A2s are usually cropped at the hips to make it easy to wear when sitting.

Keep in mind, these are rules of thumb and not set in stone, simply what I’ve observed as a designer and as a shopper.

We've had a very early original version in our Archives for over 20 years, probably dating to around 1934 or 1935 and possibly the second model produced by Sears & Roebuck.

See period Sears advert in the photo file although the model pictured is a slightly later version than ours, probably the third produced, the only significant change being the later addition of a breast pocket.

The center front zipper is often covered by a placket for added protection against the wind.

Signature details include ribbed cuffs and hems, along with two large front flap pockets.

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