Despite the plethora of explanations, the expression hasn't been around for very long. Until a few years ago, the earliest recorded examples came from the Vietnam War era, but thanks to the concerted digging of word sleuths, we can now date "the whole nine yards" (and its variants) back to the early 1960s. The current holder of the "earliest. Some claim that the term "the whole nine yards" predates the Supermarine Spitfire. According to them, the term probably refers to the amount of cloth needed to make a traditional kilt. Of note, we could find no evidence that "the whole/full nine yards" was in.
THE WHOLE NINE YARDS: THE STORY. A stylistically unique Band from day one, the members of The Whole Nine Yards have been been singing, performing, and playing in sync as if they’d been together their entire musical careers. Since 2012, they have won over the hearts of music lovers from all walks of life; performing at a variety of venues.