The A-2 and G-1 leather bomber jackets were used by the U.S. Armed Forces during the 1930s and 1940s. U.S. military pilots would wear them to keep warm at the higher altitudes. Many of these aviators would decorate both their planes and jackets with nose art, a painting or design put on the front of an airplane. It started as a way to quickly identify friends Vs enemies but became a form of self-expression. The designs varied and often reflected something from home or more peaceful times.
Inspired by this military tradition, Alpha has commissioned six one-of-a-kind painted leather jackets. Done by Gary Velasco, aka Rocker from our corporate philanthropy Warrior Flight Team, each jacket reflects a different timely theme in the nose art on the back as well as the patches on the chest and sleeves. A new jacket will be revealed each month and then auctioned off for charity at the end of the month.
The February jacket honors the Tuskegee Airmen as part of Black History Month. The Tuskegee Airmen were the first black servicemen to serve as military aviators in the U.S. Armed Forces, flying with distinction during World War II. Learn more about their legacy.
The A-2 leather jacket features art from both the 99th and 100th squadrons of the Tuskegee Airmen. The sleeve and chest have leather-painted patches while the back nose art is hand-painted onto the jacket. Take a look at photos of the jacket. This jacket will be auctioned off at the end of March along with that month’s jacket themed for the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) in honor of Women’s History Month.