The B-3 bomber jacket was standardised by the U.S. Air Force in 1936 and was favoured by pilots in their unheated cockpits due to its insulating and dense shearling lining. Schott's iteration is made in the US and is true to the original with a hard-wearing sheepskin outer shell, buckled collar and side-adjusting straps.
The B-3 flight jacket is arguably one of the most iconic jackets in aviation history. It was designed to perform at 25,000 feet in -50 degrees and, as such, it’s meant to be worn when it’s exceptionally cold. It relies on the warming properties of sheepskin which, thanks to the crimping of the sheep's wool,creates tiny pockets of air that retain warmth and dispense moisture. The exterior is rugged and tough, and with time develops a wonderful patina and signs of wear. There are two slanted hip pockets, brass zipper and buckled collar, just in case it’s extremely arctic. But nonetheless, it’s one hell of a jacket that’s rich in history.