Alpha Industries CWU Pilot 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.
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Love the look of cinematic pilots, or were you once a pilot yourself? Our CWU Pilot jacket boasts the same silhouette/trims of the original CWU 45/P. Stay cozy with the 100% nylon outer shell and quilted nylon liner on our CWU Pilot jacket. Keep your belongings secure in our signature Alpha utility/pencil pocket and battle the elements with our CWU Pilot jacket’s lined cargo pockets/front zipper closure with storm flap.

Features:

  • The CWU Pilot jacket features signature Alpha utility/pencil pocket and fully lined cargo pockets with Velcro closures, ideal for wallets and pocketknives
  • Alpha Industries' CWU Pilot jacket keeps you looking authentic & fashion-forward with an assortment of flight patches
  • Stuck in the rain? No problem! The CWU Pilot jacket is water repellent and warm, due to a 100% nylon shell and quilted nylon lining. The front zipper closure with storm flap also ensures you’ll stay cozy during any adventure

Product Histroy:

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. Alpha Industrie's 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 0198-0229
Manufacturer # MJC38014C1
Manufacturer Alpha Industries

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