D-2 and the B-3

Fight on and fly on to the last drop of blood and the last drop of fuel, to the last beat of the heart.”

Baron Manfred von Richthofen (The “Red Baron”)

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A while back we talked about the MA-1 flight jacket, explaining that it was born out of necessity,  earlier jackets not being adapted to fighter jets. Well, one of these earlier jackets is known as the B-3 type jacket. And if the new Mangapunk Dsquared2 collection features nearly a dozen different versions of the MA-1… there is also one cousin of the B-3 to remind us of earlier times.


The B-3 bomber was first issued around 1933-1934 for B-17s and B-24s crew. Flights over Europe in WWII could last 8 or 9 hours in unpressurized cabins, where air temperatures could drop to more than 50-60 degrees below zero. It was made of nappa leather, sheepskin, sheep fur and featurd leather welted seams and a buckled collar.


It was finally discontinued for military use in 1943, but several brands kept on producing their versions of the B-3 for civilian use. 

I remember admiring a guy who wore one back in my University days, as this would easily have been the most expensive jacket one could have seen at that time.

The D2 model seems to be in demand as only a few days after appearing on the official site, there was only one left. At the time of posting there are v ry few left in shops and online. Popular alright. Remember that we’re talking a €2.700  piece!

An irony is that this piece is part of the Magapunk collection. Not sure what the Japanese around Hiroshima and Nagazaki think of wearing B52 bombers pilot gear…

Note that the ladies have not been forgotten, and if they may have been rare inside WWII bombers, they can join the legend today with this beautiful piece below.

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 And finally, an original creation, the vest style B3!


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