Modern Leather Flight Jacket

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XXL sizes are slightly higher in price

Regular Price: $325.00

Special Price $225.00

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Regular Price: $325.00

Special Price $225.00

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Product ID: 6487A

Exclusively from Sporty’s

This updated design was to replace the classic A-2. Officially referred to as the AN-J-3, this modern jacket removed the epaulets and added a bi-swing back and underarm gusset to make it easier to move around the cockpit. Crafted from darker brown leather, with a full cut for a looser fit. Imported.

Features:

  • Bi-swing back construction offers unmatched comfort and flexibility
  • Semi-aniline leather is long-lasting and easy to clean, bu...
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Exclusively from Sporty’s

This updated design was to replace the classic A-2. Officially referred to as the AN-J-3, this modern jacket removed the epaulets and added a bi-swing back and underarm gusset to make it easier to move around the cockpit. Crafted from darker brown leather, with a full cut for a looser fit. Imported.

Features:

  • Bi-swing back construction offers unmatched comfort and flexibility
  • Semi-aniline leather is long-lasting and easy to clean, but retains a natural look
  • Glove tanned dark brown goatskin is soft and flexible
  • Oversized, #10 brass YKK zippers are easy to use, even with gloves
  • Three-piece underarm gusset allows for easy arm movement in the cockpit
  • Authentic wool knit cuffs are warm, but supremely comfortable and flexible
  • Double-entry pockets: side handwarmer slots plus button-down storage pockets
  • Full cut pattern for a looser fit, but with tight-fitting waist to block wind
  • Wind flap behind the zipper and throat latch block out the elements
  • Inside pocket with snap closure

Why buy a leather flight jacket from Sporty's?

  • Our jackets are made by Taylor's Leatherwear, a company that has been designing and manufacturing leather jackets for pilots since the 1940's - that's 80 years of expertise.
  • All Taylor's Leatherwear jackets are guaranteed for 5 years: Taylor's Leatherwear warrants to the original owner that the garment will be free from defects in materials and workmanship for five years. If defective you may return it to us for replacement or repair. Taylor's will also, however, stand behind their products for the life of your leather jacket. If it becomes defective, ever, and we feel it should not have, send it back to us and we will repair it at no charge.
  • Repairs that are due to normal wear and tear or accident will be fixed, cleaned, and refinished at standard charges in place at the time of service - but only Taylor's Leatherwear brand jackets will be serviced.
  • All Taylor's jackets are made from the finest quality leather tanned with environmentally friendly techniques.
  • Every jacket is cut and sewn by hand - taking up to 5 hours to complete - and each is carefully inspected for quality and craftsmanship before we send it to you.

 

Sizes

  • SM: 36-38
  • MD: 40-42
  • LG: 44-46
  • XL: 48-59
  • XXL: 50-52

 

Ordering Instructions
1. please specify size
Reviews

Customer Reviews

4.5 / 5.0
31 Reviews
5 Stars
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1
Durability
4.6 / 5
Reliability
4.5 / 5
Performance
4.6 / 5
Ease Of Use
4.6 / 5
Value
4.7 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes (5)
Wish it had fit
Great jacket, and well worth the price.The leather was beautiful. I returned it because the large was too big, and the medium was not available.The zipper was difficult to fasten at the bottom, due to the stiffness of the leather, but that might ease with time.
December 28, 2018
Purchased
9 months ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Excellent Quality at an Even Better Price
To start, I have many leather jackets. My wife says I have a fetish...but I digress. The ANJ-3 was meant to replace the army air corps' A2 and the navy's G1 jacket, and to standardize one flight jacket across the services. ANJ-3 stood for "Army Navy Jacket 3". It mated the shirt collar from the A2 with the bi-swing back and underarm gussets of the G1, while of course deleting the wool collar of the G1. The results was and is the most versatile flight jacket one could wish for. Unfortunately, the army and navy brass couldn't agree (imagine that) and the army fliers were saddled with the A2 until it was eventually replaced by the B10, B15, MA-1, CWU series (all cloth, nylon or aramid jackets) and the army and later air force pilots lost their leather jackets. The navy aviators kept their traditional leather jackets, because unlike the army's A2 jacket, you could actually lift your arms above your shoulders and move around the cockpit WAY more freely due to the G1's underarm gussets and bi-swing back. The Navy even took into consideration that their pilots might have to bail out over water and could even swim in their G1s if they had to. The army guys might as well as been wearing cement boots along with their A2s.

Back to the present... I'm 5'10" and 240 pounds, wide shoulders and muscular with just a bit of a "man gut". I ordered the XL Regular ANJ-3 from Sporty's and I have plenty of room to spare. I like this because leather stinks as an insulator and I can layer up under the jacket during our cold north east winters. The jacket is make of a very nice goat skin in a medium dark seal brown color. Goatskin is immediately pliable, yet amazingly tuff and tear resistant. Goatskin is also inherently pebbly in grain, and the grain in my ANJ-3 is beginning to "pop" out even more already, which I love. I have an older Sporty's ANJ-3 from back when they were made in the US that I bought off of an internet auction site (46 Long) that fits me much tighter, like a military fit. The goatskin on that one is nice, but the current one is nicer.

For sizing on Sporty's current ANJ-3, I'd say order one size down for a more trim, military fit. For a looser fit that you can layer under, go with your normal size.

For anybody who is concerned that the jacket is made in Pakistan, I understand that some people just can't get past that and why. However, in the online jacket forums, most would agree that some of the best quality goat skin comes from the middle east. Having an older and newer Sporty's ANJ-3, I can personally attest that the foreign made jacket is every bit as nicely constructed as my older one. If this jacket were made in the States today, we would be paying between $500 and $600 for it. Thank you Sporty's, and I know if more people were exposed to the ANJ-3 it would be way more popular than the A2!

While I was "hard" on the A2 above, I feel it only fair to mention that the newer leather A2s that are being issued to our Air Force pilots now have small underarm gussets and a little more material added to their sides. Our fliers were having these alterations done to their older A2s by a small shop called Pop's Leather outside of our base in Turkey, and to their credit the USAF eventually incorporated them into the current A2s. Because issued gear has to be made in the US to be Berry Law compliant, and the contracts also go to the lowest competent bidder, the leather is often not near as nice as that on my Sporty's ANJ-3. For that, look at the A2 that Sporty's sells, as it also incorporates the updates that the issue jacket does. It won't be made in the States, but it will be a nicer jacket.

Thank you Sporty's for offering these jackets at fantastic prices, and please don't stop having the ANJ-3 made. Taylor Leather's overseas plant is doing a fine job!
December 17, 2018
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
I love it, fits great, feels and looks like an extremely well made jacket.
December 10, 2018
Purchased
9 months ago
Value
4 / 5
Modern Leather Flight Jacket
I was pleased when I received this jacket, but chose to return it for a exchange to the "Current Issue A-2".
I was pleased with the appearance of the jacket from the front, but disappointed with the appearance from the rear.
The "Bi Swing" did not lay flat and looked awkward and very bulky.
My thanks to Sporty's for their exchange policy
December 4, 2018
Purchased
10 months ago
Would You Recommend?
Yes
The Modern Leather Flight Jacket is a beautiful iconic jacket.
This beautiful jacket is made with an excellent grade of leather with superior workmanship and is a nice dark brown as pictured. I’m 5’ 9” and 165 lbs and the medium was the right size for me. I am however having my tailor shorten and take in the width of the sleeves which isn’t unusual for me since a new jacket in my size often has sleeves that are too long and/or wide for my particular body type. Sporty’s Pilot Shop was quick sending the jacket which was packaged very well for protection. I would recommend Sporty’s and would buy from them again.
April 12, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Durability
4 / 5
Reliability
4 / 5
Performance
3 / 5
Ease Of Use
2 / 5
Value
4 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Pockets should have been snaps not buttons
It might just be me, but my old jacket had pockets that snapped closed instead of buttoned. The buttons are cumbersome and lead to just leaving them open.
April 6, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Would You Recommend?
Yes
Love it!
I bought this flight jacket expecting a stylish and high quality jacket, and that’s exactly what I got when I ordered it. It arrived a lot sooner than I had expected, 3 days after I ordered it (I live in California). First time I tried it on, I could feel the quality of the material. Pockets are nice with lots of room. Received many compliments on it. This jacket is nice to keep you warm enough in windy cold weather, yet nice enough to wear in moderate temperatures. The size was a perfect fit. Highly recommend! Feels comfortable enough to wear while flying!
October 26, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
5 / 5
Great jacket
Everything was very good except the buttons on the pockets are not sewn on properly. It would be better to have Velcro on the pocket with a button on the flap, not an active button
December 8, 2015
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
5 / 5
Performance
5 / 5
Ease Of Use
5 / 5
Value
4 / 5
One of the best you can buy
I got really lucky and bought this AN-J-3 used a couple of years ago. I'm 5'9", 200 pounds with a 38 waist. Mine is marked size 46, and I suspect that's a match to the current Large. The jacket has exactly the same features as today's model. The handwarmer pockets on the sides of the front pocket are very convenient, and the cuffs are a double-layer construction which is much higher quality than any other leather flight jacket I have seen. In fact, quality of this jacket and all materials in it is far superior to most on the market. The leather molds itself to you, and it's extremely comfortable even though it's not light in weight - which is a good thing, as there's durable leather in this jacket. The inside pocket on the left side does have a closure snap and is big enough to hold a phone or even a legal size envelope with one corner sticking out. There is a pen pocket hidden under the left side pocket flap - I only found it by reading reviews here. I expect to wear this jacket for another 20 years.
December 8, 2015
Durability
5 / 5
Reliability
4 / 5
Performance
4 / 5
Ease Of Use
4 / 5
Value
5 / 5
I really like the jacket. It is a different style from any of the other flight jackets that I have seen. I like the seal brown color of the leather . The fit is good plenty of room
I have noticed that the buttons on the side pockets seem to be a little loose. I'm concerned that they may come loose from the jacket.
November 14, 2015
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Can this jacket be for women as well?
A shopper on Jul 29, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it can be worn by women as well.
If I choose the incorrect size can I exchange it for whatever size I need after the fact?
John D on Dec 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, we have a very easy return policy.
Is the fit snug for the size?
Steve S on Oct 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it's just a little snug. The cuffs and waist are elastic, so they fit tightly, but will loosen up a bit over time.
what size do I have? how to establisg my size
A shopper on Sep 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: What is the interior lining like. thin or thick ?
Can we see this jacket being worn by a woman?
Rachel J on Apr 27, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I will pass this up to our catalog manager.
What is the leather? Goat? Cowhide? Horse?
A shopper on Nov 24, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The jacket is goat leather.
I'm 5'9" and generally wear a 43-44 blazer. My shirt size 16.5 x 34. I would prefer a snug fit while in a small cockpit. I worry the Medium 40-42 will be too small and the Large 44-46 will be too big. What size do you recommend?
A shopper on Oct 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I would recommend the 40-42. You will have 30 days to try the jacket and if you are not satisfied with the fit you may return it for an exchange.
I'm 6-2, 200 lbs. and wear a perfectly fitting 46L sport coat. Should I order a Large-long or an XL-long? If the lining is substantial, might I max out a 44-46 LL?
David R on Jan 5, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I would recommend the XL-Long.
Love the jacket, good quality and great color. I ordered the Large Long and I think it’s just a little bit long in the sleeves. Does anyone know the sleeve length difference between the Long and the Regular?
Voodoo on Nov 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I don't know the answer, love the jacket I bought, but was going to contact Sporty's because when I first took it out of the closet this Fall it had a hole in the left sleeve knitting at the wrist. Can it be repaired?
I like a snug fit and normally wear a 42 Long in just about everything. Don't want bulk but needs longer sleeves. I'm 6'1"", 185 lbs. What size ANJ3 do you recommend?
Tim C on Dec 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would recommend a Large Long.
What is meant by large long? Also in one of the answers you refer to the sizes as 'snug' does this mean I should increase my actual measurements by 1 or 2 inches?
A shopper on Nov 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The long sizes are longer in the torso, so the width (chest size) is the same, but the sleeves and body are longer.
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