Alpha Industries Altitude Parka

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In November 1959, Wynn helped Alpha take over the sublease on a small factory space on 11th Street in downtown Knoxville from the Levi Strauss Company, a space which had been previously used by Dobbs Industries. After Wynn helped Gelber arrange for the lease of sewing equipment and skilled operators, Alpha Industries was ready to begin production. While Samuel Gelber began to bid on Department of Defense contracts for Alpha, Wynn arranged a subcontracting agreement to manufacture the MA-1 flight jacket so that Alpha's 35 employees would have immediate work. It was only one month later, in December 1959, that Alpha Industries received its first Department of Defense contracts.
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Details

The Altitude is an N-3B inspired parka with an Oxford nylon shell and polyester twill padding and lining. This warm parka comes with a soft faux mouton lined hood, inset knit cuffs and a removable faux fur strip around the hood to protect you against the elements. Other features include drawstring waist, right arm shoulder patch, and oxygen tab.

Features:

  • Oxford nylon
  • Genuine leather trim
  • Polyester filling
  • Removable faux fur strip
  • Hood lined with synthetic mouton fur and trimmed with removable faux fur. Includes adjustable take-up strap
  • Inset knit cuffs for added warmth and size adjustments
  • Full length front storm flap to help keep the rain and snow out

Product History:

The first N-3B jackets were produced in the 1950s for air crews who were assigned to transport troops in extremely cold climates. The parkas were originally made of a Dupont flight silk nylon outer shell and the lining padded with a wool blanket type material. The padding was changed to polyester wadding in the 1970s. The long jackets became known as the “Snorkel Parka” because the fur-trimmed hood could be zipped right up leaving only a small tunnel for the wearer to look out of. The modern N-3Bs have slant packets at the chest and flap pockets lower on the coat, and a panel that fastens with loops across the zipper to keep out wind. Most modern versions use synthetic fur around the hood. The N-3B was the first jacket Alpha Industries made for the U.S. government in XXX and we went on to produce it for the consumer market in XXX. Today we make several variations of the traditional N-3B.

Additional Information

SKU 0198-0372
Manufacturer # MJA43917C1
Manufacturer Alpha Industries

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