Leather Swedish tanker jacket


This vintage leather jacket was made in Sweden for their army. These were used by motorcycle despach riders and tank crews. They were made in leather and green canvas versions, this is the simplified of the leather version, with the snap closure at the waist and collar rather than the more complicated hook closure.  Made from heavy black leather, it has epaulettes, an asymmetrical closure, band collar, handwarmer pockets, belted adjusters at the cuffs and a large map pocket in the center of the chest.  The jacket is blanket lined, with an internal snapped wind flap. The original changeable ring-back buttons have been either switched out or modified to be wired onto backing plates. These coats were cut oversized, with broad shoulders and long sleeves.  Someone has added shoulder pads inside, which square up the broad shoulders.  They are easily removed.

Chest (pit to pit): 23-3/4″ (doubled = 47-1/2″)
Shoulder to shoulder: 21″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 26″
Length (Base of collar to hem): 24-1/4″

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Vietnam era G-1 leather flight jacket

To compare with one made about 20 years before this, see this post.


This vintage leather G-1 flight jacket dates from the Vietnam war era. It feels like it may be one of the cowhide ones as opposed to the usual goat. It has a bi-swing back, and knit cuffs and waistband. The zipper is missing the puller, and is separating from the leather in some places- so it needs to be replaced. The leather has all been freshly cleaned and conditioned, however, it still has a mildew smell from decades of storage which I have been unable to remove, so keep that in mind.

Chest: 20″
Shoulder to Shoulder: 18″
Shoulder to end of knit: 24″