Ask a Curator: WWII Aviator Flight Jackets

For National Ask a Curator Day, Larry Decuers explores the Museum's collection of flight jackets. 

When these garments were first developed in the early 1930s as a summer-weight jacket for air crews, "leather was one of the few wind- and water-resistant materials that was available," Decuers says in the video, which was streamed live on Facebook on September 13, 2017. Watch to learn more about the jackets, the men who wore them, and the missions they flew. 

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WWII Air, Sea & Land Festival

Warbirds in flight, tanks on parade, PT-305 in the water. October 27-29 at New Orleans Lakefront Airport. 

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Larry Decuers

Larry Decuers joined The National WWII Museum as a Curator in 2008, after serving in the US Army's 101st Airborne Division as an infantryman. 

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