In 1945, the U.S. Army Air Force issued the Jacket, Aircrew, Heavy, Type N-3, the first of a long line of very successful N-3 style parkas. The N-3 evolved into the N-3B by 1958, described as 'for aircrew members in extremely cold environments'. The N-3B is also known as a "Snorkel Parka" because the hood can be zipped up, leaving only a small opening (the snorkel) for looking out.
This is a vintage N-3B USAF military snorkel parka with a faux-fur trim hood and the back neck label dates this to 1984. Manufactured in the USA by Avirex Ltd.
Used and in fair to good vintage condition with general signs of wear, discolouration to the collar trim, marks to the right (as worn) upper pocket area, and some white paint marks to the lining. The metal adjuster clip on the back of the hood has tarnished. Not quite perfect but a great looking original parka that has seen some action. Steamed and ready for its new owner.
All my vintage listings unless otherwise stated are true vintage and have been worn before, therefore they will typically show signs of wear and will not smell like new, which is all part of the vintage look and appeal.
COLOUR: Sage Green
SIZE: S (UK Sizing) with a very generous 48in full external chest this could also fit size M, as it was designed for an oversized fit (please see below for all key measurements to check against a similar garment of your own to ensure a good fit).
FABRIC: 50% Cotton 50% Nylon Shell; 100% Polyester Interlining, Faux Fur Hood
- Scovill metal zip front with buttoned storm flap
- Hand warmer pockets with snap entry
- 2 front lower snap flap pockets
- Arm Scovill zip cigarette and pen combination pocket
- Rib storm cuffs
- Inner drawcord waist
- Body and sleeves lined and wadded
- Back neck hanger loop
- Faux fur hood trim
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 (if applicable) on a flat surface:
A - CHEST - armpit to armpit (double for full chest): 24in (61cm)
B - SLEEVE - armpit to cuff end: 18in (45.5cm)
C - SHOULDER - n/a
D - LENGTH - at the centre back from the base of the collar to the hem: 33in (83.5cm)