The Bronco A2 Jacket History
A true WW2 classic! The “Bronco” A-2 jacket found itself in all theatres of combat during World War 2. The contract is a favorite among both collectors and jacket enthusiasts alike, not only because a number of well preserved originals can still be found today, and the exploits of the pilots who wore them recounted, but also due to some distinguishing characteristics; the bevelled pocket corners, the slightly wider sleeves ends, the sharp profile with square shoulders.
So, when we wanted to add to our line of genuine military flight jackets, our choice to reproduce the “Bronco”, was an easy one. Originally manufactured by New York-based Bronco MFG. Corp, our “Bronco”, is a faithful reproduction of an original “Bronco” contract W535-AC-29191, that we sourced and studied. We copied the pattern, carefully taking note of the details, to be sure our jacket was as close to an original “Bronco” A-2 flight jacket as possible.
A good number of jackets made within the 1930s and ‘40s were made from horsehide. Back when industrialization first began, horses were considered redundant, and an abundant supply of them drove horsehide prices down.
Compared with goatskin, horsehide is heavier and gives better insulation. While goatskin is more grained, horsehide features a way smoother, shinier and brighter appearance. Regarding strength, horsehide is the clear winner, although goatskin tends to be the more flexible of both. Horsehide also has an excellent level of water resistance.
Our horsehide leather is initially drum dyed before being finished with a wax and oil coating to give it a shiny surface that dulls with wear. This leather will just become more beautiful with age!