The N-3B parka was born from its predecessor, the N3, in 1958 for U.S. aircrews stationed in extremely cold climates. It was often called the ‘Snorkel Parka’, as airmen could zip it closed past their noses, leaving just a small hole to see out of, like a snorkel. The parka's design was modified slightly over the years, as different fabrics and insulation were used, but it has remained one of the best and most sought after cold weather coats.
This N-3B is from the early 1960s and has a DuPont flight silk nylon shell with wool insulation and a coyote fur trimmed, mouton lined hood. The Air Force star is visible on left sleeve. The classic 3/4 length, four pocket design is one of the most functional parka designs for Canadian winters; interior drawstrings makes the waist adjustable, pockets are large and lined for warmth and easy access, raglan sleeves ease movement and the hood is deep, keeping biting wind at bay. Talon and Conmar zippers.
Armpit to Armpit: 25’’
Shoulder to Shoulder: 20''
Sleeve Length: 24"
Total Length: 32”
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