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Monthly Archives: February 2013

  • Made In USA: Korefit

    In our everyday lives of work and play, it can sometimes be hard to find the time to stay fit. We all know attending the gym on a daily basis can be a chore and something most of us are guilty of avoiding. However, we at Cockpit USA have discovered KoreFit™. This product is not only made in the USA, which already makes it a winner in our books, but is also a compact and comprehensive gym you can keep at home, taking the effort of travel out of a workout routine! Perfect for those with tight schedules or who want to supplement an existing exercise routine, Korefit is an all encompassing piece of fitness equipment suited to all strength and age levels that comes with a fun work out DVD, so all bases are covered!


  • Stories of the Jacket: The M-43 Field Jacket

    The M-43 field jacket is first and foremost a true piece of historical battle attire. First introduced in 1944 on the beaches of Normandy, right up until the end of the war in 1945, this jacket was a second skin to the brave GI’s of the Allied American Armies. Continuing its reign and colorful history, the M-43 was worn by both air forces and infantry during the occupation of post WWII Europe as well as in combat in the hills of Korea during the 1950s. Designed to suit servicemen’s needs for a well-fitted, warm jacket with the potential for added optional extras such as a hood and liner system, this field jacket provided it all. We at Cockpit USA are such fans of the jacket we produced a version, the Omaha Beach M-43 in its simplest form. Reproduced according to the slimmer fitting style of the 1940s original, this jacket is crafted from high-count 100% dense cotton poplin and boasts interior pockets and a soft cotton military specified label along with the contemporary addition of a bi-swing gusset behind the arm for ease and comfort of movement. For an added authentic touch, we even gave the jacket the Cockpit USA signature broken in look treatment, making it as close a model as possible of the original. Grab yours today!

  • Hitler's Military Blunders

    The entire world breathed a sigh of relief when Hitler and his blood stained dictatorship was defeated. Brought to its end by the proud, combined efforts of the USA, Great Britain, the Soviet Union and many other forces along with the unending bravery of their armies and citizens, it was a victory for the future when Nazi Germany and its allies were brought to a stop. However, also in play were Hitler’s own error riddled and bungled operations, from his confusing chain of command arrangement to his paranoia and ego driven leadership, these aspects all played significant roles in unraveling his radical plans to change the world order. Take a look at this fascinating video which delves into the hows and whys of Hitler’s slip ups.

  • Made in USA: US Highland

    We make the perfect jacket for it, so now let us tell you where to go and get your wheels. Wondering what we’re talking about…?! Well, as the Cockpit USA Vintage Motorcross ‘Goodwood’ Motorcycle Racing jacket is an awesome recreation made according to the historical originals from the 30s, 40s and 50s… we’ve been thinking, what’s the use in having an authentic jacket when you can’t put it to its original use? Also proudly made in the USA are Tulsa, Oklahoma based US Highland motorbikes! As self confessed premier makers and developers of high performance single cylinder and V-twin powertrains and purveyors of custom made bikes, we at Cockpit USA wouldn’t go anywhere else for our dose of burning rubber. So grab the jacket, grab the bike and hit the road!

  • Movie Monday: The Dirty Dozen

    Based on a novel of the same name by E.M. Nathanson, The Dirty Dozen is a 1967  film based on what was once thought a real group called 'The Filthy Thirteen'. Directed by Robert Aldrich of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? fame, this  pre D-Day WWII movie tells a captivating story of twelve convicts recruited specifically for a top secret mission. With the promise of their sentences being commuted, the long serving felons agree to take part in a pre-invasion mission to infiltrate and attack a meeting of dozens of high rankingNazi officers in order to reduce German response to D-Day. Filmed entirely in England and starring Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, Lee Marvin, Jim Brown and John Cassavetes, the film was received by critics as both bold and gruesome, and considered controversial in its very explicit depiction of the horrors of war. While it may not be a lighthearted watch, The Dirty Dozen is certainly a Cockpit USA classic not to be missed.

  • D-Day Deception

    This short documentary courtesy of looks in greater depths at the trickery the Allied forces undertook in order to confuse the German military during D-Day. With commentary from experts including Bevin Alexander, the author of How Wars Are Won and Richard A. Gabriel of the Department of War Studies and footage of the fake army paraphernalia used to deceive the Nazi's, this video analysing "Operation Fortitude" is sure to make your jaw drop! It certainly made ours hit the ground!

  • Movie Monday: Back to Bataan

    Set in Luzon in the Philippines, Back to Bataan is a WWII movie based on true events that took place in the aftermath of the Battle of Bataan between 1941 and 1942. Directed by Edward Dmytryk and starring Hollywood royalty John Wayne, Anthony Quinn and Fely Franquelli, this 1945 movie is a dramatic concoction of real and fictional tales including resistance battle, guerrilla fighting and POW rescue missions along with spies, propaganda and apparent treason creating a mile a minute movie set to keep you on the edge of your seat!

  • AAM Archives: Memorial Day 2011

    It's that time of the week again! We've had a rummage around in the Cockpit USA sponsored American Airpower Museum multimedia archives and unearthed this gem of a video. Captured in 2011, this footage shows off the B-17 Flying Fortress as it makes its landing at the American Airpower Museum in Farmingdale, Long Island. Take a look for yourself and find out more about the museum at!


  • Battle of Guam

    July 21st 1944 saw U.S. forces invade the island of Guam in a bid to reclaim from the Japanese what had been American territory. Take a look at this visually captivating video of the action of the day courtesy of It is with awe that Cockpit USA witnessed the bravery of the soldiers and the shock fact at the end is worth waiting for!

  • The Best of America: Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum

    Known as America's most unusual, varied and exciting joint around,  Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville, Oregon has quite a reputation. Along with showing off a wide range of helicopters, aircrafts and spacecrafts, the museum also boasts an extensive variety of firearms, an IMAX 3D movie theater and their Wings and Waves Waterpark! While the exhibitions can induce hours of fascination, the indoor waterpark is the gem in the Evergreen crown with its gigantic wave pool, exhilarating slides, water guns, buckets, spades and the floating helicopter which splashes swimmers below with gallons of water occasionally! Who knew aviation could be this wet and fun?!

    500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way McMinnville, OR 97128 503-434-4185

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