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Monthly Archives: October 2012

  • AAM: 50th Anniversary of Cuban Missile Crisis

    To mark the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, last weekend saw the American Airpower Museum welcome and play home to an emotional reunion of Cold War fighters. As proud sponsors of the AAM, it is with great pride that Cockpit USA joined the volunteers at the AAM, the brave veterans and the History Channel’s Dr. Libby O’Connell in observing this historic day. Located in Farmingdale, New York, the museum along with its fleet of iconic fighter jets provided the perfect backdrop in remembering this occasion and keeping the heritage of the nation preserved.

  • Made in USA: Red Wing

    With over 100 years in the business and a reputation for producing footwear as hardy as the industries they were specifically designed for, Red Wing is a name synonymous with hard work and hard wear. Founded at the turn of the last century by Charles Beckman, Red Wing began with boots. Worn in the roughest of terrains from Midwest corn fields to Mideast oil fields, the footwear created by this fellow Made in USA company don’t skimp on quality or craftsmanship, remaining true to a mission much like that we at Cockpit USA adhere to – the preservation of American ideals of excellence through products of the highest grade. Now boasting a Heritage and contemporary collection along with the classic boots on which they were founded, Red Wing continues to produce legendary leather footwear.

  • Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Musueum


    At Cockpit USA, our mission is to honor the bravery of the military forces who have served our nation and to preserve their heritage and memory in the form of our iconic apparel collections. In alignment with our goals are those of the Intrepid, Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City. Located on the aircraft carrier Intrepid (CVS-11), a vessel which proudly served the country and is now a historical landmark, the museum is considered a learning hub and a tribute to all uniformed service men and women. With nearly two dozen aircrafts on show on the flight deck, a Combat Information Center and Pilot Ready Room, the museum's exhibits serve as an interactive experience of the science and history of yesteryear. Over ten million visitors have treaded the decks of the Intrepid since its opening in 1982, proving the unfaltering intrigue with our country's proud heritage.

  • History of Statue of Liberty

    An intrinsic component of America’s great heritage, it is with pride Cockpit USA recognize Sunday 28th October as the anniversary of the day the United States welcomed the iconic Lady Liberty to its shores. It was on a foggy, rain drenched day 126 years ago that France’s gift of friendship was celebrated with a ticker-tape parade and a 300 strong fleet of boats sailing to Liberty Island to welcome her. An emblem of freedom, the Statue of Liberty soon became the official beacon of a better life and new possibilities for arriving immigrants. Awesome in her grace and stature, this 151 foot tall copper sculpture designed by Frédéric Bartholdi has received millions of visitors from around the world and appeared in countless Hollywood movies along with inspiring ‘The New Colossus’, an iconic poem penned by Emma Lazarus which now stands on a plaque at the feet of the Mother of Exiles herself.

    The New Colossus

    Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame. "Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

    —Emma Lazarus, 1883


  • Another Satisfied Customer: "Second Chance" A-2

    "This coat is so awesome that I've ordered a new one in a smaller size based on some significant weight loss I've recently had. I'm very impressed with the look and feel of this "Second Chance" A-2 Pin Up jacket. Every time I put it on, I feel like I'm wearing a piece of history. Great job Cockpit!!"

    - K. Bourne

  • Jack Yusen

    Being faced with disaster is always a catastrophe. Being faced with disaster while at sea is an entirely different beast. Navy Seaman 1st Class Jack Yusen had been enlisted in the forces for only a year when he was confronted with the calamity of his ship sinking off the coast of the Philippines. While over 500 lives were lost on that harrowing day, Yusen escaped by the skin of his teeth and lived to tell his tale in this captivating short video taken for Be sure to check it out - we at Cockpit USA have!

  • Stories of the Jacket: Top Gun G-1

    One of Cockpit USA's finest, the Top Gun G-1 is steeped in a proud sense of achievement in terms of everything this jacket represents and for us as proprietors of genuine military apparel. Decorated with an array of patches of accomplishment, the outer shell of this aviation leather bomber sensationally acknowledges the service history of the United States Navy’s most elite fighter jocks. Specifically designed and manufactured for the country’s finest pilots, Cockpit USA have incorporated only the best components and details in its creation. Crafted from 100% antique lamb, this jacket features a bi-swing back for comfort and ease of movement, a real mouton shearling collar which can be removed, top and side entry front pockets, two interior pockets, a full zipper over a front wind flap, underarm grommets for ventilation along with wool-nylon blend knit cuffs and waistband. To match its grand exterior which boasts squadron patches and a naval aviator blood chit on the back, a copyrighted and beautifully intricate pilot’s evasion map lines the jacket’s interior, making it iconic on both the inside and out. Be sure to grab yours here today!

  • Movie Monday: The Young Lions

    Based on Irwin Shaw's successful war novel, The Young Lions is a 1958 movie that plays out the fate of three young soldiers during WWII. With a string of old Hollywood's finest on the bill including Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift and Dean Martin along with a story line composed of a whole host of opposing themes from love and loss to bravery and cowardice, this film covers all bases in terms of glitterati and entertainment and unlike other films of its time, The Young Lions depicts its tale from the point of view of Germans, Americans and Jews alike. Despite significantly veering away from the plot of the original book, the movie was a major box office hit, earning $4,480,000 internationally and three Academy Awards for Best Cinematography, Best Sound and Best Music in 1959 and a BAFTA for Best Film. Needless to say, this is a dead cert for the Cockpit USA Movie Monday pick!

  • Iconic Images of WWII

    Out of the battle, bloodshed and misery, the Second World War produced many defining images of its era and artwork that still stands strong and inspires to this day. From the nose art and pin-ups which appear on a selection of Cockpit USA leather aviation jackets, including the iconic Las Vegas Lady and Second Chance to the snapshot of the sailor and the nurse kissing in Times Square, no war since has bred such significant imagery with regards to propaganda posters, photographs and the scrawling of soldiers themselves. We’ve gone through the archives and dug out a selection of our favorite, awe inspiring visuals. Enjoy!

  • Made in USA: Montana Pitch-Blend

    Here at Cockpit USA we are becoming all too aware of the descending cold weather! As leather aficionados and firm believers in preservation, we are getting ready for the chill and rain by preparing our boots! Being a proud USA Made company, we endorse fellow home grown brands and when it comes to leather care, Montana Pitch-Blend is a name we support! Established in 1985 following a spate of wet feet, much annoyance and a sheer moment of light bulb genius, this Montana born label was founded and has since gone on to handcraft products specifically for the care of leather. Using their signature Pine Pitch ingredient, both natural and powerful in its preservative prowess, Montana Pitch-Blend creates an array of products from leather oil, soap and dressing. With peers who also produce premium products from a place of proud American heritage, we at Cockpit USA will most definitely be keeping our leathers in tip top condition with the aid of Montana Pitch-Blend!

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