There is truly a potpourri of men's jackets to choose from. A man could choose jackets such as the safari design, the cotton jacket, the utility version, and the leather design of jacket to name a few. Perhaps one of the most popular jacket designs, however, would be the Men's Bomber (or Flight) jacket type of coat. These types of jackets have had a long and rich history, beginning with the soldiers in flight during World War I. In 1915, many of the planes at that time had what is called an open cockpit, meaning that the pilots were exposed to the air and to the elements. The men were distributed heavy duty flight jackets of leather, and thus the Men's Bomber jacket was born.
Although they have been producing Men's Bomber Jackets for almost a century, they still remain popular today. They begin being mass produced in 1926, and they have underwent several modifications since their early incarnation. Bomber jackets were first marketed as the A-2 and was even more popularized during the second World War. The A-2 Bomber jacket is much sought after today and can usually be acquired for between $200-400 depending on type and manufacturing specifications. Today, the Bomber jacket is popular today with the biker crowd as well as the Air Force. The film "Top Gun" saw a renaissance of the Bomber style of jacket.
There are many manufacturers of this type of jacket design nowadays. The most popular version of this type of jacket is the A-2, which has been made from the 1940's to today. There are several manufacturers of the A-2 leather jacket, including Cockpit USA, US Wings, Lost World Inc., Eastman Leather, Good Wear Leather Coat company, and Gibson and Barnes among many others. These manufacturers' jackets can be costly, however, at an average of $800 each. There are a number of companies that offer a jacket with a similar design, including L.L. Bean's "Flying Tiger" jacket that can be had for around $200-300 however.
The Bomber Jacket is an interesting product with a great deal of history attached to it. The high quality leather apparel makes it well worth the price.