Flight Jacket Hartmann
black argentinian horse hide
This is a well loved jacket of the WWII Luftwaffe pilots, and known mostly
to be worn by the highly regarded Luftwaffe pilot Eric Hartmann.
Eric Hartmann, known as the "Blonde Knight of Germany", was accredited
with 352 aerial victories during his service with the Luftwaffe in WWII (which
made him the highest scoring ace of all time). Hartmann received many awards
and decorations, and was eventually bestowed with the highest decoration for
combat in the German armed forces, "The Knights Cross", with oak leaves,
swords, and diamonds.
In most archive images of Eric Hartmann, he can be seen wearing this leather
jacket. These jackets were purchased comercially by many Luftwaffe pilots (they
were not military issued, and often referred to as cyclist jackets). What made
them so popular with the pilots? The jackets were lightweight, close-cut, and
could be comfortably worn in the tighter confines of the closed cockpits in
fighter planes such as the Me109 and FW190. Since this jacket style was so suitable
for many of the pilots purposes, it soon became adopted by a wide range of military
personell such as day fighters, dog fight flyers, night flyers, observers, and
In the 1930's and early 1940's, the jacket was produced in black and brown.
It is hard to tell which color was preferred since the archive pictures are
in black and white. To put a unique touch on this great jacket, this version
of our reproduction of the "Hartmann" jacket is in a nice black color.
The jacket is still as accurate to the original as is feasible to be, including
the one detail that stands out- the special shaped buckle which closes at the
bottom front. In short, this is as close to the original jacket of Eric Hartmann
as one can get.
- hand picket argentinian horse hide
- black color
- plaid wool inner lining
- 4 outside pockets
two zippered breast pockets and two flapped lower
- 2 inside pockets, of which one can be closed by a zipper
- original "Ritsch" zippers
- true detailed reproduction of the front buckle
- sizes: S - 4XL (other sizes on request)