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The average airman

B-Man2

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That accounts for the reason that the size A2 you see out there most of the time is usually a size 42. I can’t begin to count the number of A2 jackets that I’ve seen in that size . Some amazing looking originals in that size as well.
 

Silver Surfer

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interesting in that with the given height, abd pix of wwll air men, the weight seems off. i mean, most of the pix i have seen of those guys make them out to be on the thin side. more like at 5'9" a weight of 135lbs-145lbs, not 154.3
 

Edward

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Hard to judge by the period photos but most were on the smaller side perhaps being just post depression era and working out at a gym wasn’t a thing. Unless you were a farmer you didn’t have broad back and shoulders either which to me accounts for seeing so many 38 and 40 jackets appearing on auction sites. There were many exceptions but most enlisted were fresh out of high school or college. Small stature types

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Smithy

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interesting in that with the given height, abd pix of wwll air men, the weight seems off. i mean, most of the pix i have seen of those guys make them out to be on the thin side. more like at 5'9" a weight of 135lbs-145lbs, not 154.3
I think the discrepancy is on account of the fact that this study was done Stateside so before airmen were shipped off to operational theatres where nutrition due to rationing and supply was almost certainly not quite as good as back in the US. Add to that combat stress which is known to affect weight and you probably have an arguable position for why the weight in the study seems higher than what was in combat operational areas - Britain, Europe, the Pacific, etc.
 

Pilot

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Hard to judge by the period photos but most were on the smaller side perhaps being just post depression era and working out at a gym wasn’t a thing. Unless you were a farmer you didn’t have broad back and shoulders either which to me accounts for seeing so many 38 and 40 jackets appearing on auction sites. There were many exceptions but most enlisted were fresh out of high school or college. Small stature types

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Nice fit!
 

Silver Surfer

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makes sense, smithy, but i still find it a bit odd, even when there are pix of wwll guys in new a-2s, as well as the pix of guys in their worn a-2s, in theater.
 

Silver Surfer

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how true. there are many examples of 16 and 17 year old guys finding some way to bullshit their way into the aaf, army, navy, and marines during wwll. bad ass teens.
 

B-Man2

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how true. there are many examples of 16 and 17 year old guys finding some way to bullshit their way into the aaf, army, navy, and marines during wwll. bad ass teens.
Or in many cases the depression had left many families with nothing and the teenage kids found a better life in the military . That was the case with my dad who joined the army in early 1940, at the age of 17 because it was a better life for him.
 
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