The Injector B-15 Jacket
The Injector III or B-15 is the ancestor of the bomber jacket (the legendary MA-1) with its authentic sheepskin collar. It is the model that replaced the original leather flight jacket for better flexibility and comfort and iIts unique elegance has inspired countless designs. Its original features are still present like the button tabs once used by pilots to connect oxygen masks and headset wires.
- Colour: Khaki
- Size: from S to 3XL.
- Size advice: Unisex. We recommend you choose your normal size. On our photos, the model is 1m70 tall and wears size M.
B-15 Bombers Jacket
ALPHA INDUSTRIES are one of the most legendary equipment suppliers to the US Army. They specialize in the manufacture of army jackets and bomber jackets destined to the US Air Force and the Navy. Alpha Industries are direct descendants of three companies: Superior Tags Corporation, Rolen Sportswear and Dobbs Industry which joined together in the ‘40s to honour a contract with the US Ministry of Defense.
Alpha have continued ever since manufacturing flight jackets, in collaboration with the most prestigious among them, and are without question THE reference in flight jackets. In opening up to the wider public, the manufacturer has always preserved the historical links with the US Air Force, as in the original military codes: B-15, M-A1, M65, B3...
Thanks to Alpha, the flight jacket in its many forms has become the recurrent element of the male wardrobe. It embodies both the history of aviation and that of pop culture.
Padded lining. Front zip closure. Zipped pockets. Piping on pockets.
Inside pocket. Ribbed cuffs. Logo on the sleeve.
Sizes: from S to 3XL.
This model is legendary because it is the first flight jacket made without leather. It was Henry Harley Arnold, a pioneer of the American aviation and 5-star officer, who had the idea of creating a jacket for the US Air Force that would be less expensive but above all, more flexible than the leather version. He wished that his men would have uniforms that were suitable for their profession, that were innovative, practical, warm and comfortable. This was the time of the arrival of jet aircrafts; the noses and the cockpits of the planes were getting narrower and the pilots needed outfits that were suppler and well insulated in order to carry out their missions.
While the style remains unchanged, its military code name has evolved along with the textile technology until the advent of Nylon: B10 then B15, it is now called the Injector in the Alpha collection. While its exterior and inner lining are made of high-quality nylon, created for low temperatures (-5C) and tested in extreme conditions, the Injector jacket is recognizable by its collar made in genuine lambskin and natural wool. Originally the lining was filled with woollen material for warmth but it was later replaced by a polyester filling, which is much lighter and better at preserving heat.
The B-15 is the ancestor of the bomber jacket (the MA-1, the legendary model without lambskin collar, continuously copied by ready-to-wear fashion designers is still manufactured by Alpha Industries). The B-15 is rarer, which makes it even more special.