Vintage 80s Cooper Leather Type A-2 Jacket 46 Long Flight Goatskin


The Cooper A-2 is a leather jacket, worn by United States Army Air Forces and United States Air Force pilots, during World War II.
Key features of a military-specification jacket (as opposed to a civilian version) are one-piece back (some knock-off jackets have a seam across the shoulder blades; this seam causes discomfort during long flights in a confined position) and lack of side-entry hand-warmer pockets under the large snap-down patch pockets, and no interior pocket.
Other key features include horsehide or goatskin leather for the shell, dual-knit waist and wrist cuffs, full-length brass zipper, two brass grommets under each armpit for ventilation, a metal hook under the collar to fasten the top of the opening, and snap-down collar so the tips won’t blow around. Seams on the arms of the jacket run along the backside of the pattern, so as not to interfere with movement of the arms along the sides of the torso in confined spaces. Military specifications did not provide for insulation of the A-2 model.
New-build A-2s for USAF members include a velcro patch on the left breast for removable insignia, whereas World War Two models had a thin 1-inch high by 4-inch long leather name tag sewn or glued directly to the leather jacket.
Cooper Sportswear ceased production in the late 90’s and retailer inventories were exhausted some time afterwards. Even though the A-2 is still a military-requisitioned item and contracts have been awarded to other USA suppliers using the A-2 pattern, the Cooper label is considered collectible and highly sought after by World War II re-enactors and historians.


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  • Made in United States by Cooper
  • Brown color
  • Real goatskin leather material
  • 2 Lower front snap flap pockets
  • Zip front with hook eye collar
  • Stretch knit sleeve cuffs and waistband
  • Snap down point collar
  • Shoulder strap epaulets
  • Fully Lined
  • Armpit grommet vents

SIZE: Tag Size = Mens 46 Long
Estimated size = XL

Measurements taken on a flat surface and unwrinkled:

  • Armpit to Armpit = 26 inches (66 cm) or Chest = 52” (132 cm)
  • Waist measured flat across = 23” (58 cm) or waist doubled = 46” (117 cm) Fully stretched
  • Shoulder to Shoulder = 22” (56 cm)
  • Shoulder seam to sleeve cuff = 27.5” (70 cm)
  • Center back bottom of collar to sleeve cuff = 39.5” (100 cm)
  • Back bottom of neck collar to bottom hem = 26” (66 cm)

Only slight signs of wear, no flaws. Please see description, condition definitions, photos and measurements for your desired condition and fit