The L-2B bomber jacket may just be one of the unsung heroes of military heritage bombers. Created as a lightweight alternative to the famous MA-1, the L-2B is easy to wear and perfect for chilly spring or summer nights. While wearers may favor this model for its contemporary look, the L-2B bomber is actually a core piece of military outerwear history.
Before the bomber jacket became one of the most popular jacket styles around the world, it was a functional piece for Air Force pilots. Since World War I, with the rise of aerial bombing as a warfare strategy, pilots have needed proper outerwear to protect them from the freezing temperatures of high altitudes. Thus the flight jacket, or bomber, was born.
The first military-spec bombers, such as the A-1 and B-3, were constructed of heavy leather and fur. This gave way to more lightweight synthetic materials with the B-15 bomber jacket, which featured a nylon or cotton/rayon outer shell. After undergoing several design iterations through the decades, the classic MA-1 bomber jacket was first issued to the US military in 1949.