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From Military Gear to Fashion Staple: A Short History of Bomber Jackets

Posted on March 13 2024

From Military Gear to Fashion Staple: A Short History of Bomber Jackets

The bomber jacket, a ubiquitous symbol of cool, has a rich history that stretches back to the early days of aviation. The bomber jacket was initially designed for pilots in World War I. The jackets were crafted to keep flyers warm while flying missions in the open cockpits of the airplanes from those days.

The first bomber jackets were made of leather, which provided excellent protection from the wind, cold, rain, and other elements pilots encountered. The bomber jackets were often lined with fur or sheepskin for added warmth. These awesome jackets are seen in movies or reels on history shows. One the most iconic picure of her, Amelia Earhart is wearing a bomber jacket.



As aircraft evolved and cockpits became enclosed, the need for such heavy-duty jackets lessened; however, bomber jackets remained popular with pilots for their functionality and stylish design.

During World War II, bomber jackets became a staple of military attire. The iconic B-15 bomber jacket, made famous by the Army Air Forces, was a shorter version of the earlier models. It featured a shearling lining, a knitted wool collar, and a bi-swing back for ease of movement.

After the war, surplus bomber jackets found their way into the civilian market. College students and veterans alike adopted the jackets, which became associated with rebellion and individuality. The jackets were also popular among greasers and motorcycle riders, further solidifying their association with counterculture.

In the 1950s, Hollywood celebrities like Marlon Brando and James Dean popularized the bomber jacket in film. Their on-screen personas, characterized by toughness and coolness, were perfectly complemented by the jacket's rugged good looks. This association with Hollywood heartthrobs cemented the bomber jacket's place in fashion history.

Over the years, the bomber jacket has been reinterpreted and reinvented by countless designers. From the classic leather styles to more modern takes in nylon and satin, the bomber jacket remains a versatile fashion item that can be dressed up or down.

Today, the bomber jacket is a timeless piece that continues to be a favorite among celebrities, fashionistas, and everyday people alike. Its enduring popularity is a testament to its functionality, style, and rich history.


The Bandana Blankets Company is proud to offer its own interpetation of the Bomber Jacket. Check out our full collection here. The Bandana Blanket Company Bomber Jacket Collection


A row of Bomber Jackets


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