CWU/45 Jacket/Bomber Black
Originally issued to USAF and Navy pilots, the CWU 45/P bomber Jacket is a classic staple piece for those looking for a trendy yet durable jacket. The authentic military vibe is showcased through its thicker fill, ribbed knit cuffs and collar and front zipper closure with storm flaps to ensure the perfect insulation.
- Fold down collar
- Onion quilted lining
- Alpha logo on zig-zag zipper extension
- MA-1 utility pocket on sleeve
- Signature red "Remove Before Flight" flag
- Sleeve shirring
- Removable patch with Alpha embroidery on chest
- Two lower flap pockets
- One interior patch pocket
- Knit rib cuffs and waistband
- Ottoman knit cuffs
- This garment is a unisex style. This jacket fits true to size for a men’s core fit. Women are recommended to choose 1 size down.
- FIT: Core
- LENGTH: Above Hip
- RECOMMENDED WEATHER: Intermediate Weather
- HERITAGE BODY REFERENCE: CWU 45/P Core Fit
- SHELL: 100% Flight Nylon
- LINING: 100% Nylon
- FILL: 100% Polyester
Suitable for mild or colder winter
climates ranging 25F to 40F
HOW TO MEASURE
- SLEEVE LENGTH
With arm relaxed at your side, measure from center back neck, to point of shoulder, and along the arm to the wrist (just below round bone).
Measure around body with tape leveled on the fullest part of your chest.
Measure around your waist with the tape leveled at the narrowest point of your torso.
Stand with heels 2 to 3” apart. Keep the tape leveled and measure around the fullest part of your hips.
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.