I came across this recently and dont remember seeing it here. Forgive me if it has previously been posted. The information is pretty elementary, but it is interesting all the same as it illustrates I believe a growing popularity in collecting authentic WWII flight jackets. Most of us that have been around long eneough probably remember the rush on these jackets in the 1990’s caused primarily by Japanese collectors buying them for wear. Many of those collectors are selling jackets probably purchased during that time. I saw half a dozen recently listed on ebay a week ago by a seller out of Japan, and recall seeing several others a few months ago also listed out of Japan. It seems like (to me anyway) that the prices for these jackets softened some around the time of the Great Recession, and into the past decade or so, but I think they are heating up again. Rock Island has sold several this past year for pretty remarkable prices. Their current auction ending December 9th, has several nice jackets listed, with some shocking pre sale estimates (one as high as $30k, and several for $10-$20k). We will see in a couple of days whether those prices are realized, but based on their recent sales, I would not be too shocked if they are. I can only imagine the upcoming release of Masters of the Air will help fuel the growing popularity in these jackets. Anyway, here is the video put together by Rock Island For anyone interested.
World War 2 flight jackets often allowed for individuality within the military and showed bravado and dark humor in the face of danger.