The Aircrew Sweater was the official Air Ministry pattern sweater of the Royal Air Force (as well as commonwealth Air Forces).
It was issued as part of the flying clothing to all aircrews of the RAF.
The initial pattern (22G/63) was made in an ecru (cream), followed by a navy version (22C/996).
It is hard to pinpoint the exact issue date of the Aircrew frock, but following research, we believe it to be developed and issued in the early 1930s, with the navy version being introduced around 1942.
It important to note that the ecru version was worn throughout the war, even after the introduction of the navy version.
As per the originals, we have both the ecru and navy versions available. With the jumpers being knitted from 100% British Wool and made in England, not only do our jumpers offer the accurate representation available but also offer you a practical garment - good enough for flying!
Made to our usual exacting standards, the jumpers replicate the weave, gauge, cuff, waistband and neckline details of the originals. The garments were designed to be worn under the suits aircrew uniform (though we have seen them being worn over the suits aircrew blouse!) and were intentionally longer in body, to accommodate warmth on the lower back and gusset while in the aircraft.
The cuffs were looser and shorter, to allow for extra layers to be worn but not impede movement and circulation of the hands and wrists. The neckline was also of a loose fit, designed to accommodate the collar of the uniform, as well as to offer space for scarves and balaclavas; all designed to allow for free movement of the neck and head while on operations.
Both sweaters are a must for any Air Force and aviation enthusiast.
Aircrew Sweater (Air Ministry Frock Pattern) Navy
100% British Wool. Hand Wash 30 Degrees
Measurements (CMs) are of garment when laid flat.
Size S (38") M (40") L (42") XL (44") XXL (46") Chest 48 51 54 56 59 Waist 47 50 53 55 58 Length 73 74 76 76 77 Arm length 48 48 49 49 50
Please note, this is a reproduction item and as such copies the original specifications of the orignal items. They are not fashion items, so do not fit as per fashion/modern garments.
The sweater is much longer than modern jumpers. It is not incorrect, but if you are wanting a fashion garment inspired by the past, we would recommend you visit our sister company Stanley Biggs Clothiers.