Alpha Industries CWU 45/P NOMEX Mil-Spec Flight Jacket

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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.
Alpha Industries CWU 45/P NOMEX Mil-Spec Flight Jacket

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This mil-spec flight jacket is the one currently issued to U.S. Air Force pilots under a contract with the Department of Defense. Made here in the USA, it is engineered to perform in the tight quarters of a cockpit and stand up to adverse conditions. The fire-resistant NOMEX shell is rough and tough. It is known for excellent thermal, chemical, and radiation resistance.
If you want to go lighter-weight, take a look at the CWU 36/P.


  • NOMEX fire resistant fabric, zipper tape, knit cuffs and waistband
  • Tonal Velcro patch
  • Front zipper closure with storm flap
  • Fully lined double-stitched cargo pockets with Velcro closure
  • Made to military specification

Product History

The early flight jackets were made of nylon fabrics which were found to melt onto the pilot when he was subjected to flames encountered during an aircraft fire. As the technology of materials and fabrics improved, there was a need for a new jacket that would be fire-retardant. This gave rise to the CWU (Cold Weather Uniform) 36/P and 45/P in the 1972. The jacket, made of a NOMEX fabric featured high patch pockets, knit waistband and cuffs, zippered utility/pencil pocket and fire-resistant threads, drawstrings and zipper tapes. NOMEX is a Dupont product that is known for its excellent thermal, chemical, and radiation resistance. The bi-swing back of early jackets was done away with once it was determined that it interfered with safety equipment. Today Air Force pilots are still issued the CWU 36/P and 45/P. Alpha started producing the jackets for the military in 1995 and went on to make them for more than five years. We made a nylon version of the CWU45/P for the commercial market in 1988 and introduced a leather version in the late 1990s.

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SKU 0198-0215
Manufacturer Alpha Industries

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