MONARCH MANUFACTURING CO
JACKET-FLYING, INTERMEDIATE, TYPE B-15C (Mod)
ORDER NO. 33 (600)-9820
The emergence of the jet age in military aviation prompted a need for a new, more modern flight jacket. The B-15 series was the lightweight USAF replacement for the previously bulky, leather and shearling flight jackets of the WWII era, and was the direct precursor to the MA-1.
In an effort to differentiate themselves from their former parent, the US ARMY, the USAF turned out the B-15 in USAF Blue. Though widely adored by Airmen around the world, it was short-lived. A downed pilot wearing a blue jacket in the jungle stood out like a sore thumb! And so USAF Sage became the standard.
The designation "Mod" stands for Modified, and was a gov't directive to bring back into stock all jackets of the original contract to be modified with a new knit collar instead of the more flammable mouton collars with which the jackets first came.
Our reproduction starts with nylon fabric, made in the USA and accurately woven for the time, for both the shell and lining, with heavy interlining sandwiched between. The collar and cuffs are also US-made, in 100% wool per specs of the era. It’s all stitched together with Type I (Soft) nylon thread in size 45 (Gov’t B) just as they would have then.
(Many people assume the AF called out bonded thread, but our research has uncovered truth to the contrary.)
The pattern of original jackets like this had one major problem for the modern man: they are SHORT. With a nod to the modern physique and today’s fashion, our patterns stay as true to the originals as possible. As Western/American men, we know how to fit the Western/American man, and all patterns are hand-graded by a professional grader, not a computer.
Morarch Manufacturing Co, Inc. Order # 33 (600)-9820 Type B-15C (Modified)
Fit: This pattern is a comfortable fit in the correct size
Shell: Correct weave 100% Nylon in both Drab Shade #3 & The later USAF Blue
Lining: Correct weave and color, 100% Nylon
Knits: Correct weave and color, 100% wool.
Interlining: Heavy double faced
Thread: Type I, Nylon size 45 (Gov't. B)
Main Zipper: Vintage NOS Crown #10
Cigarette Pocket: Vintage NOS blackened Conmar
Snap Fasteners: Vintage NOS 'DOT' by United Carr
DRAB #3: $699.00