MA-1 Has Heart "No Man Left Behind" Flight Jacket
  • MA-1 Has Heart "No Man Left Behind" Flight Jacket
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Mid-Weight

Mid-Weight

Suitable for mild or colder winter climates ranging 25F to 40F

    MA-1 Has Heart "No Man Left Behind" Flight Jacket

    $165.00

    Item: CJN47500C1

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    Product Details

    The 'No Man Left Behind' bomber jacket is a design by artist Emily Watz Bode in collaboration with veteran John Vandermeulen . The artwork features the words NO MAN LEFT BEHIND in bold letters, and the fonts revealing leaves and flowers found in the forest landscapes. During his time in Vietnam, John Vandermeulen learned the importance of never leaving any man behind. His work with the Huey helicopters, which have become so symbolic of the Vietnam War, is indicative of his role as a man whose contribution was the deciding factor in keeping so many soldiers alive. Despite his booming voice and the presence it creates, Vandermeulen’s deep appreciation of nature reveals that there is always more than what meets the eye. Vandermeulen’s shirt juxtaposes the toughness of his work in Vietnam alongside a softness that comes from his appreciation of nature. As one of the many veterans that were exposed to Agent Orange, Vandermeulen has multiple health related issues. In her design, Emily Watz captured his story through a depiction how the cycle of life, can be both beautiful and gradually crippling. Read more here.

    Product History

    Introduced by the mid-1950s, the MA-1 became the flight jacket of U.S. Air Force and Navy pilots and ground crew. Designed for use in temperatures of 14-50 degrees F, the MA-1 had a 100% wool knit collar, waistband and cuffs. The MA-1 discarded the mouton fur collar of its predecessor, the B-15, because it interfered with the parachute harness worn by aviators. Other features of the jacket included a tab that the oxygen mask was clipped to, tabs to hold the headset wires in place and the original U.S. Air Force decal. These features were eventually removed from the flight jacket as it was adopted by other branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and equipment for pilots changed. An addition to the jacket in 1960 was the reversibility to show off an Indian Orange lining. The reason being if a plane crashed, the pilot could reverse the jacket to the orange side to signal rescue personnel. Alpha Industries' first government contract for the MA-1 was awarded in 1963. We started producing the MA-1 flight jacket for the civilian population in the 1970s. Black was added to the military sage green requirement. The jacket has evolved over the years but it is still one of our top sellers and today we produce many variations on this classic flight jacket.
    Size ChartHow to Measure

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     NeckchestwaisthipSleeveHeightweight
    2XS14-14 1/229-3126-2829-3130-31Regular 5'6" to 6'120-130
    XS14-14 1/232-3428-3032-3431-32 130-145
    S14-14 1/235-3830-3235-3832-33 145-160
    M15-15 1/238-4033-3538-4033-34 160-175
    L16-16 1/242-4436-3842-4434-35 175-190
    XL17-17 1/246-4840-4246-4835-36 190-215
    2XL18-18 1/250-5244-4650-5236-37 215-230
    3XL19-19 1/254-5648-5054-5637-38 230-245
    4XL20-20 1/258-6052-5458-6038-39 245-260
    5XL20-20 1/262-6456-5862-6439-40 260-275
    MT15-15 1/238-4033-3538-4034-35Tall 6'1" to 6'4"170-185
    LT16-16 1/242-4436-3842-4435-36 185-200
    XLT17-17 1/246-4840-4246-4836-37 200-225
    2xlt18-18 1/250-5244-4650-5237-38 225-240
    HeightWeightNeckChestWaistHipSleeve
    XXS168-18354-5936-3774-7966-7174-7976-79
    XS168-18359-6636-3781-8671-7681-8679-81
    S168-18366-7336-3789-9776-8189-9781-84
    M168-18373-7938-3997-10284-8997-10284-86
    L168-18379-8641-42107-11291-97107-11286-89
    XL168-18386-9843-44117-122102-107117-12289-91
    2XL168-18398-10446-47127-132112-117127-13291-94
    3XL168-183104-11148-50137-142122-127137-14294-97
    4XL168-183111-11851-52147-152132-137147-15297-99
    5XL168-183118-12551-52157-163142-147157-16399-102
    MT185-19377-8438-3997-10284-8997-10286-89
    LT185-19384-9141-42107-11291-97107-11289-91
    XLT185-19391-10243-44117-122102-107117-12291-94
    2XLT185-193102-10946-47127-132112-117127-13294-97

    How to Measure:

    Men's Measurement Guide
    NECK

    Measure around base of neckline, keeping one finger between your neck and the measuring tape.

    CHEST

    Measure around body with tape leveled on the fullest part of your chest.

    WAIST

    Measure around your waist with the tape leveled at the narrowest point of your torso.

    SLEEVE LENGTH

    With arm relaxed at your side, measure from center back neck, to point of shoulder, and along the arm to the wrist (just below round bone).

    HIP

    Stand with heels 2—3” apart. Keep the tape leveled and measure around the fullest part of your hips.

    INSEAM

    Measure pants that fit you well, and feel comfortable. Lay pants flat on table, and smooth the front and back crease. Measure along the inseam from crotch to bottom of edge of hem.

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