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USAAF Mechanics Type A1 Sweater
The A1 sweater was developed by the (United States Army Air Force) USAAF as a way of keeping engineers and mechanics warm as they went about their ground work. These jumpers became very desirable and highly prized, and although they were intended for ground staff, there were often acquired by air-crew and pilots as a way of keeping warm under the leather A2 pilots jacket and especially by those flying on high altitude.
After WW2 the A1 jumper unsurprisingly became a popular style amongst American motorcyclists. In the late forties and early fifties, motorcycling boomed in the US, as former soldiers and airmen sought other ways to get their kicks. With no such thing as dedicated motorcycle wear, A2 leather pilots jackets and the A1 mechanics jumper became a popular way for bikers to keep warm.