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How to clean a flight jacket

Updated April 17, 2017

Flight jackets are the bomber style jackets that were worn by servicemen in the air force. They were originally developed to keep pilots warm as they flew high the air, but over the years they have very popular and even fashionable. The way you wash your flight jacket depends on when it was made. Flight jackets made today are usually made from a nylon-cotton blend, whereas older or vintage flight jackets can be made with wool, fur or shearling.

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Synthetic cotton blend

  1. Place mild washing powder in the washing machine. Follow the directions on the detergentpacket to determine how much to use.

  2. Set the washer on a "delicate" cycle and use cold water.

  3. Place the jacket inside the washing machine.

  4. Air dry the jacket by hanging it up or selecting the "air dry" feature on the dryer machine.


  1. Place mild washing powder in a sink. Follow the directions on the packet to determine how much to use.

  2. Run cool water in the sink.

  3. Wash the jacket by hand by scrubbing the fabric on itself and wringing it with your hands.

  4. Rinse with cool water.

  5. Air dry the jacket by hanging it up.

  6. Tip

    If your flight jacket is fur or shearling, it should be taken to the dry cleaners. Also, if you have a vintage flight jacket that is worth a lot of money (or memories), you should take it to a dry cleaner that specialises in vintage and delicate pieces.

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Things You'll Need

  • Mild washing powder
  • Water
  • Washing machine

About the Author

Fred Wood is a freelance writer and producer based in New York who started writing in 2007. His work can be found at and he contributes to several TV news outlets in his tri-state area, including the CW and CBS networks. He specializes in news, health and lifestyle articles. He earned a Bachelor of Science in broadcast journalism from Jackson State University.

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