WINTER FLIGHT JACKET
Seal Brown Sheepskin /
Original Contractor: J.A. Dubow
AVAILABILITY - CUSTOM ORDER
The ANJ-4 represents the
final development of the
WWII Sheepskin Flight
Jacket, incorporating design
modifications to the earlier
B-3 and (predominantly) USN
M445 series. In an
effort to standardize
wartime flight clothing,
much ANJ-prefixed gear was issued to all the services.
The ANJ-4 increased or
implemented use of
Goatskin in waist, cuffs and
underarm gussets for reduced
bulk and increased wear
resistance over earlier
issued gear. Interior wool
cuffs provided wind
protection, dispensing with
previous sheepskin cuffs
which soiled, wore quickly
and interfered with flight
glove fit and flexibility.
Zipper installation was
augmented with a leather
guide tab for easier
strengthened with elaborate
Goatskin piping. Larger
Goatskin facings on sleeves
and collar further increased
durability and protection.
The Lost Worlds ANJ-4:
Sheepskins, as per originals, tanned to our
specs (FYI: sheepskin wool
and density vary
dramatically depending on
where the animals originate).
Unbelievably stout and dense
domestic 7/8+" fur
throughout: you won't
believe how warm this jacket
is. Heavier than originals.
Forget about sweaters in
virtually any climate. Fur
color we describe as a
yellowish "spoiled milk."
Just a glance at the photos
will give you a good idea of
workmanship and absolute
accuracy and authenticity of
materials, coupled with the
detail and design knowledge
for which we're renowned. American bred and made.
or Nickel Talon, Conmar or C&C (Crown) Zipper, WWII
specification tag, 100% Wool Cuffs.
you did not ask for any feedback, you did not ask for
any feedback, I feel compelled to provide some. This
will be rather lengthy so that I can tell the whole
story. If you want to use any part of this essay, feel
free to do so. To start, I am 72 years old, retired and
live in a small urban area. I am not an off-the-rack guy
at 5' 6"
140 lbs. When I was working, I enjoyed custom made
shirts and custom tailored suits. I looked better and
had more self-confidence. I have also always
appreciated good leather with some custom shoes and
quality accessories. I had quality leather seats made
for my Corvette, since sold. I have a 30-year old
leather jacket, off the rack, that is just a bundle of
compromises. But it is leather. I have long coveted a
quality leather jacket, real fleece lined, but could not
rationalize the cost with an imperfect fit. Last year I
just decided to do some research on the subject. Over
the course of months I used the internet to educate
myself and concluded that I was ready. Just like a Rolex
watch, I concluded that Lost Worlds was the only
acceptable provider of the kind of jacket I desired. I
read your pages over and over. But perhaps I am too
desensitized to marketing verbiage on internet sites.
While I appreciated your blunt and honest statements
about fit and quality, I think my long-standing
expectations from off-the-rack outerwear tainted my
understanding. As above, I had worn custom fit clothing
for decades, but my casual jackets were always an
off-the-rack Medium. I contacted you about a purchase
and we discussed my size and the ordering process. You
recommended a 38S and even asked my sleeve
length...wonderful. You also advised me that put the
purchase into the special order category, with no refund
allowed. But I was captivated by the idea of a jacket
that would actually fit me properly and ignored any
concerns about return. After all, I had worn a 38S for
50 years! I had to weather an excruciating delay because
of your holiday shutdown, but the jacket finally
arrived! I opened the box and the quality of the
craftsmanship was intoxicating...absolutely gorgeous in
every respect. Then, I put on the jacket. Horror! I
could barely zip it up, I almost could not bend over
enough to even see the zipper bottom. When I did get it
zipped up, I felt like I was in a straight jacket. I
went back to your website and reread all of your
admonitions about size and fit. I was reminded that it
was not built to fit like a loose blouse and it was not
intended to need to wear sweaters or other bulky
clothing underneath. It was supposed to fit like a
tailored shirt or suit coat. I could envision that it
might just fulfill that objective if I could break in
the leather. So, I started wearing the jacket as often
as I went outside and inbetween I rolled the sleeves and
the jacket to limber up the stiff leather. I can now say
that after just two weeks, I can wear the jacket the way
it was intended and I truly appreciate the fit, and of
course the craftsmanship. As promised the jacket is
truly warm and fits best just worn over a regular shirt.
It really does fit like a custom-tailored article of
clothing and my doubts have evaporated. At this point, I
only feel satisfaction in purchasing the jacket I have
wanted for a long time. It will clearly outlast me.
Thank you very much for your design and
received the ANJ-4. It is an incredible piece of
work. I am impressed."
I am beyond pleased with my ANJ-4. This beast must be
witnessed in person. There is no photograph that can
depict the excellence of this timeless and true to spec
piece. A true heirloom for my family to own for
generations. This thing is a beast! Even when the collar
is inches from my neck, I can still feel the heat
permeating from it. Incredible. Thank you.""
am writing to sing praises for the ANJ-4 you built for
me about 9 months ago; this is the first winter I've
gotten to wear it, and good God am I impressed. My
biggest consideration is NOT layering too much under it:
your comment in the description about forgetting
sweaters is very accurate (and I run cold). A flannel
with an undershirt is excessive for going for a walk.
I've not encountered a warmer single layer ever. Kudos
to you. In the bitterest cold, it is perfect for the
trip into work, running errands, going for walks, etc.
And it is the only outerwear suitable to sit out on my
balcony in freezing temperatures and smoke a cigar.
work, thanks again.”
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