M422A H&L Block
The M-422A was developed as the successor model of the M-422, the first intermediate flight jacket adopted by the U.S. Navy.
It was first developed in the early 1940s, and had been used throughout World War II. The basic design was inherited from the style of the M-422, and became the basic form of US Navy Air Corps leather jackets leading up to the subsequent specifications, AN6552, AN-J-3A and then G-1.
It is primarily made from goatskin, and because goats are smaller compared to horses and cows, it was used to efficiently create a jacket while eliminating all unnecessary parts by cutting the leather into small pieces. The finely cut leather parts are used for the underarms and action pleats to provide excellent mobility at the same time.
H&L Block were one of the companies contracted to make this design, so this recreation is specifically of that original maker, capturing all the nuances of that manufacturers particular house style.
- LEATHER :
- Goat Skin
- TANNING :
- FINISH :
- Aniline Hand
- COLLAR :
- 1/2 Inch Shearling Sheep Mouton
- FASTENER :
- Talon Mil Specs Nickel Finished
- SNAP BUTTON :
- U.S. Government Department of Defense Specs.
- BUTTON :
- Mil Specs Urea
- LABEL :
- H. & L. Block