Many people really don’t know what an aviator hat is. They have seen them and they think that they are cool but that is the extent of it. The aviator hat became popular in the early twentieth century. It is usually made of leather and has ear flaps and a chin strap. It was used by pilots when there were open cockpit airplanes.
The pilots needed something to keep their head warm and protect their ears and they also used goggles to protect their eyes. The hats were popular and used by pilots throughout the wars. They were a great help to the men, especially in cold weather.
When the planes started having closed cockpits, it really was a blessing to the aviators, and the famous hats soon became unnecessary, even though the famed aviators Amelia Earhart, wore her hat on her flights. Charles Lindbergh was also wearing one in the cockpit of the Spirit of St. Louis, even though it was a closed cockpit.
The famous hats remained popular and they’re now gaining in popularity. One can find them in many forms and made of many materials. There is the bomber type and there are the men and women styles. There is the trapper type and the Russian type. The Russian style hat seems to be the one to have. Some of the more popular styles are the Davy Crockett hat and the bomber hat. They are fast becoming hot items.
These wonderful hats are very fashionable and practical for every day use, especially in colder climates. They are really so useful that they can be used in all climates, anywhere from the Atlantic coast to the Pacific coast. The hats are made from various materials including wool and fur. Some are sheepskin and many are quilted. Some materials are beaver, coyote, rabbit, muskrat and raccoon.
The hats can be lightweight for warm and mild weather to heavyweight for the colder areas. The Russian style hats are desired mostly by women because for everyday wearing they’re just plain nice looking and very feminine. The hats for men have a very useful purpose also and that is to keep one from freezing in the harsh cold. Someone like farmers feeding their cattle out in the cold, or the postman, would probably like to have an aviator hat on his or her head while delivering the mail on the very cold days of winter. No matter what your needs, you may want to check out these aviator hats and the different styles available. You are sure to like one and will most likely take one home with you.