You’ll feel like your headed back to school with this varsity bomber. The color-blocked jacket features the varsity stripes on the knit collar, cuffs and waistband. The back of the right shoulder has Alpha embroidery.
- This bomber has a slim fit.
- The MA-1 Varsity has a flight nylon shell and lining with a 100% poly fill.
- The flight jacket is fully reversible.
- Features Alpha’s signature zippered utility/pencil pocket on the sleeve with the red "Remove Before Flight" tag.
- Water resistant, Mid-weight
- Dry clean only. Do not wash. Do not bleach. Do not tumble dry. Do not iron.
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.