This is a pair of WWII era Eddie Bauer Type A-8 US Army Air Forces Goose Down Flight Pants. A heavy duty piece of kit, these are guaranteed to help beat the elements. The label details date these pants to the 1940s WWII era. Manufactured by Eddie Bauer in the USA.
In 1942 Henry (Hap) Arnold, General of the US Army Air Forces demanded that the costly sheepskin leather flight clothing be replaced with something more durable. The resulting flight uniforms featured a rugged cotton shell and a warm industrious lining.
Used and in overall good vintage condition considering the age, with general signs of wear, abrasion and marks throughout, in particular to the button front fly. Steamed and ready for a new owner.
All our vintage listings unless otherwise stated are true vintage and have been worn before, therefore they will typically show signs of wear, which is all part of the vintage look and appeal.
COLOUR: Olive Green
SIZE: The label states 40W but the actual trouser waist measurement is 38in so this should be a good fit for a 36in waist (UK Sizing), which allows room for a comfortable fit as trousers are now typically worn lower on the waist - but it depends how loose you like to wear (please see below for all key measurements to check against a similar garment of your own to ensure a good fit).
FABRIC: 100% Cotton Shell with goose down. These are heavy pants and weigh approx 1.7kg.
- Button front fastening
- Army Air Forces Winged Star outline print
- 2 rear button flap entry pockets
- 1 front leg button entry patch pocket
- 2 front lower Talon zip entry pockets
- Waist buttons with braces
- Button cinch hem
HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR SIZE: Please DO NOT solely rely on the listed size for your correct fit. Designers often use different measurements for sizes depending on the overall look they desire, so sizes can not only vary brand to brand but also within the same brand. Also, for vintage and pre-worn items the shape may have changed after years of being worn. The best way to ensure your correct fit is to compare the measurements listed to a similar item that fits you well.
EXTERNAL MEASUREMENTS: Please check against a similar garment of your own that fits you well, measuring flat and fully zipped or buttoned up on a flat surface.
A - WAIST - straight across the waistband (double for full waist): 19in (48cm)
B - THIGH WIDTH - point where the legs meet at the crotch straight across: 15in (38cm)
C - HEM - width of leg opening (double for full circumference): 9.5in (24cm)
D - RISE - point where the legs meet at the crotch to waistband top edge: 14.5in (36.5cm)
E - INSIDE LEG - point where the legs meet at the crotch to the hem: 30in (76cm)
F - OUTSIDE LEG - top of the waistband to the hem: 45.5in (115cm)