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 deadstock (meaning it has been in storage and unworn) N-3B USAF military snorkel parka with a faux-fur trim hood and the back neck label dates this to 1979. Manufactured in the USA by Lancer Clothing Corporation. The inspection ticket is still in the pocket. It’s an awesome extreme cold weather military parka that has never been worn and it's desperate to see some action.
COLOUR: Sage Green
SIZE: M (UK Sizing) with a very generous 52in full external chest this could also fit size L, as it was designed for an oversized fit to be worn over layers of kit (please see below for all key measurements to check against a similar garment of your own to ensure a good fit).
FABRIC: 80% Cotton 20% 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 Gripper 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): 26in (66cm)
B - SLEEVE - armpit to cuff end: 18.5in (47cm)
C - SHOULDER - n/a
D - LENGTH - at the centre back from the base of the collar to the hem: 34in (865m)
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