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Specifications: This is a 1943 example of the Army Air Forces' B-6 intermediate flying jacket produced by the Arnoff Shoe Company division of Bristolite. The size is listed as a 40. These jackets were used primarily in the CBI, Alaskan, and Italian theaters of operation and, if the photographic record is any indication, seem to be associated primarily with P-40 and P-39 pilots. The Army never seemed quite sure what to do with this jacket, as it fell between the requirements for the A-2 and B-3, and was roughly equal in thermal capacity to the already existing D-1. As a result, it was sometimes used by ground crews, and sometimes by aircrews, depending on what God-awful base you were being sent to. In the event, it soldiered on until 1943, when Hap Arnold decided it was time to dump all the sheepskins. Particulars: I can recall first seeing this jacket at the airbase circa 1994, when it was listed on the PEO roster for use by whoever didn't think an A-2 was sufficient. However, it was much-repaired and too warm for summer operations, so it soon wound up on a mannequin for display. Then, one fateful autumn, it was lent to a pretty girl who was visiting for the Pearl Harbor ceremonies and got a hole along the back lap seam, at which point it was sent back to "display only". That, plus the fact that some of the panels were replaced at some point, means this is sample is by no means pristine ( one of the front panels was apparently replaced with leather from a pair of A-5 pants... it has part of an AAF logo hidden under the collar ) so offer accordingly. On the other hand, the B-6's inability to find a slot in the Corps means that it is still extremely rare, so it should go to someone who will find it a good home. Your call. Overall rating:5x10 due to repairs and damaged back seam. Restrictions:Item may be returned within seven days of receipt for a full refund... just pay the return postage.Shipping and Payment: You may pay via PayPal or by personal check, but checks must clear before the item will be shipped. Items are generally mailed within 5 days of clearing. We ship by USPS unless you wish to make more expensive arrangements. We do not provide insurance, but will purchase it for you if you pay the extra cost, which is generally reasonable by Post Office standards. We don't charge any handling fees... you only pay for the actual shipping and insurance, if any. NY residents must add 8.375 sales tax. You arrive at this by multiplying the purchase price by .08375. Do not include the shipping or insurance cost in your calculations, only the winning offer amount. We will not circumvent in our transactions. They keep their end of the bargain and we keep ours. Don’t waste your time asking for “special arrangements”.Payment must be received with 7 days of the closing offer. After a week, the item will be relisted for sale.