Blood Chit Flight Jacket
- 100% nylon outer shell
- 100% polyester inner lining
- Dry clean only
This classic flight jacket was made for the military for over 40 years. It features a nylon flight satin outer shell with a Vietnam era silk blood chit sewn into the reversible orange nylon lining.
A blood chit is a notice carried by military personnel and addressed to civilians who may come across an armed-services member--such as a shot-down pilot--in difficulties. As well as identifying the force to which the bearer belongs as friendly, the notice displays a message requesting that the service member be rendered every assistance.
Since 1917, downed aircrews have depended upon the survival chit, a few square inches of fabric, for help for returning home safely. When the U.S. officially entered World War II in December 1941, flight crew survival kits included blood chits printed in 50 different languages that sported an American flag and promised a reward for the safe return of a pilot. The kit could also include gifts like gold coins, maps, or sewing needles. Many U.S. flight crews that flew over Asia had their blood chit sewn to the back of their flight jackets. Currently, blood chits are a product of the Joint Personnel Recovery Agency. They are a small sheet of Tyvek material with an American flag and a statement in several languages indicating that the U.S. will reward anyone assisting the bearer to safety. They represent a written promise or obligation of the U.S. government.