WWII Colvinex flight jacket

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This vintage jacket was made around 1943, and started off life as an electrically heated CFN-24 flight suit, made with Colvinex metal yarn. It has a wartime Talon zipper with a bell shaped pull and an unmarked deco stopbox. It has a snap throat latch and double snap under collar closure.  These Colvinex suits were popular post-war as motorcycle jacket conversions, as they were extremely well made, durable, inexpensive as surplus, and due to their separable bottom zippers, could be cut down into a jacket style with relative ease.

Chest (pit to pit): 22″
Shoulder to shoulder: 20″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 26″
Length (base of collar to hem): 22-3/4″

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Cut down CFN-24 Colvinex flight suit

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This vintage jacket started life off as a WWII CFN-24 Colvinex flight suit.  These were popular motorcycle jacket conversions post war, due to the relative impracticality of a full length leather flight suit in civilian life, and due to their ease of conversion, with the front zipper having a separable bottom. It is made from goatskin, with a mouton collar, Conmar zipper, chinstrap, under-collar throat latch and belted waist.  The owner of this one opted to cut his off at a 3/4 length, requiring it to also be zipped down from the waist to be put on.

Chest (pit to pit): 21″
Shoulder to shoulder: 19″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 25″
Length (base of collar to hem): 34″

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CFN-24 Colvinex flight suit

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This vintage CFN-24 flight suit was made during WWII from goatskin. It is electrically heated, with Colvinex metal core yarn. It has a zip front, zip fly, and zippers running the length of the legs.  These were popular to convert into motorcycle jackets post-war due to the zippers having separable bottoms.  One of the zips is Korea-era replacement Talon, the others are all WWII manufacture.  There are electrical leads on the chest, at the waist and at the wrists to hook to heated gloves. It has a belted waist and patch pockets on the thighs.

Tagged size: 36
Chest (pit to pit): 20″
Shoulder to shoulder: 18″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 24″
Inseam: 28-1/2″

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