"Born in America, raised in the skies" Fall 2018 saw the launch of Cockpit USA's collaboration with Allen Edmonds and the "Artisans of Freedom" project. Shot at the American Airpower Museum, watch The Cockpit USA story.
Since it’s inception in 2000, Cockpit USA has stood side by side with the American Airpower Museum in its mission to preserve the legacy of all Americans who have served to defend our liberties, and to educate our newest generations regarding the courage, valor and heroism of our nation’s citizen soldiers.
The American Airpower Museum is a New York Chartered 501c3 not-for-Profit museum at the historic Republic Field in Farmingdale long Island. Operating out of an original WWII hangar, the museum uses the sounds, smells, and experience of fully operational aircraft and vehicles to provide the complete educational experience to its visitors. Cockpit USA is proud to support such a long-standing and committed organization, and encourage you to visit and support AAM as well.
Cockpit USA will be donating 10% of our net sales to the American Airpower Museum from May 25 to May 29, for Memorial Day weekend.
ENTER for your chance to win one of 4 different a Cockpit USA Jackets!!
To enter, take an awesome picture at Sun ‘n Fun with one of the four teams we are fans of, then upload it to Instagram with the #CockpitSnF17, #SnF17 in the caption, and tag the picture with @cockpitusa
Tag #CockpitSnF17 and #SnF17 in front of one of the following aircraft, and/or of their pilots:
- P-40 “The Jacky C” flown by Thom Richard
- P-51 Quicksilver flown by Scott Yoak
- Corsair flying with the Class of 45
- USAF Viper Demo Team
Pictures of the P-40 “The Jacky C” and/or Thom Richard will be entered to win a Cockpit USA Flying Tigers 23rd Fighter Group A-2.
Pictures of the P-51 Quicksilver and/or Scott Yoak will be entered to win a Cockpit USA Mustang A-2.
Pictures of the Corsair flying with the Class of 45 will be entered to win a Cockpit USA Classic Naval Aviator’s 100 Mission Flight Jacket.
Pictures of the USAF Viper Demo Team will be entered to win a Cockpit USA USAF 21st Century A-2 Flight Jacket.
1) Each pilot or team will pick a winning picture of their plane/team. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, April 18, 2017.
2) The winners’ photo will be shared on Cockpit USA’s Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
3) The contest begins Tuesday, April, 4 at 8:00am EST and will end on Wednesday, April, 12, 2017 at 11:59pm EST.
Images must be uploaded to Instagram with #CockpitSnF17, #SnF17 in the caption and tag the picture with @cockpitusa to be entered to win. No picture can be entered more than once, and the original image must be by the Instagram account holder. Must be 18 years or older to enter. No purchase necessary.
1 – Take a picture with of one of the following aircraft, and/or of their pilots: P-40 “The Jacky C” flown by Thom Richard, P-51 Quicksilver flown by Scott Yoak, Corsair flying with the Class of 45, and/or the USAF Viper Demo Team.
2 – Upload your picture to Instagram
3 – Caption your picture with #CockpitSnF17, #SnF17 and tag @cockpitusa
4 – Share your image on Instagram
5 – Follow us on Instagram
6 - Have fun! We are looking forward to seeing your shots.
Amazing things can result from everyone being committed and passionate about the goal. This is what happened when a project that was originally intended to be a single limited edition commemorative jacket, turned into something much more exciting.
Cockpit USA created a design to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor. Our intent, to donate the jacket for auction at the Pacific Aviation Museum gala held on December 3rd, 2016 held as part of the weeklong PH75 commemoration. All proceeds would go to the restoration of the Ford Island control tower, and historic Hangar 79, a building that still bears the bullet holes from the Japanese attacks on December 7th, 1941. The “Remember Pearl Harbor” Jacket would be created on our finest example of an original WWII horsehide US Army Air Corps A-2 flight jacket, being a true representation of a WWII nose art piece. That plan changed when representatives from Cockpit USA and Budweiser realized both companies would be supporting the event.
When Budweiser learned more about the jacket, wheels began to turn, and a concept was created that offered far more breadth than a single jacket. Budweiser commissioned 9 additional jackets creating “the group of 10”. The group of 10 would become a list of people that go to great personal lengths to support our active military and to preserve and support the legacy of our veterans. A group of people whom we wanted to show our appreciation to, and who are all inspirational in their individual ways. The list represented the upper echelon influencers for military and veteran support across the entertainment industry, charitable groups, and industry leaders. All with the common thread of being committed to supporting our troops.
We landed in Hawaii, and went directly to the gala, it was a wonderful event and a honor to have been able to attend. The original jacket donated for the Gala was sold for $4,000.00, 100% of the profits going to help preserve the historical Ford Island hangars and control tower. The people at the Pacific Aviation Museum are doing outstanding work to preserve such an historic site.
That evening Cockpit USA and Budweiser were given the opportunity to present a jacket, and offer our appreciation to, Mr. Gary Sinise. Mr. Sinise, the Lt. Dan band, and the “Gary Sinise foundation” have been supporting our troops and veterans for over a decade. The foundation reported that 89.51% of every dollar raised went to support veterans, and got over $14M NET to our veterans in 2015 alone.
Later that week we presented Mr. Garth Brooks with his very own hand painted 75th Anniversary jacket. Mr. Brooks and his wife, Trisha Yearwood agreed to perform a concert to support the Pearl Harbor 75th. After their shows sold out in a matter of minutes, they added 5 additional shows; they then announced that they would donate 100% of the proceeds to the Pearl Harbor memorials. This is just another example of how Garth Brooks has repeatedly stepped up to support our veterans and their legacy, throughout his career.
In addition to “the group of 10” Budweiser encouraged us to agree to offer 65 additional jackets to the public. This would make the total 75, before we “break the mold”. After much discussion with our painters, we agreed, and are now happy to offer a limited run of this jacket to the public. The support and encouragement from Budweiser not only enabled us as a company to increase our support for the Pearl Harbor memorials, it gave us the opportunity to showcase our own personal commitment to supporting the legacy of the American veteran.
We are happy to be able to offer this hand-painted limited edition "Remember Pearl Harbor" Jacket to you, and would like to thank the people at Budweiser, as well as the group of ten for all they do for our veterans and active military.
“Budweiser Historical Efforts”
Anheuser-Busch’s military support dates back to the company’s co-founders. Both Adolphus Busch, and his father-in-law, Eberhard Anheuser, served in the Union Army as members of the Missouri Volunteers during the Civil War.
During World War I and World War II, the company produced diesel engines for Navy submarines and amphibious recon vehicles for the Army. More than 1,500 employees served and all had jobs when they returned. In addition, the company retooled factories to make gliders and wing assemblies, and donated freight cars for military transport.
In 1944, employees raised $879,350 in war bonds, enough to purchase two B-17 bombers for the Army Air Corps. The Army named the planes “Miss Budweiser” and “Buschwacker.”
Anheuser-Busch helped thousands of Americans show support for the troops in 2005 through the “Here’s to the Heroes Tour.” The 28-city national tour allowed visitors to record customized 10- to 30-second messages of support distributed to U.S. troops in more than 177 countries via the American Forces Radio and Television Service.
More than 5,500 Anheuser-Busch employees have served in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and other military campaigns. Employees currently serving in the U.S. military may resume their jobs at Anheuser-Busch.
“We are honored to have partner with Cockpit USA to commission this limited edition jacket” said Rick Nechio, Budweiser Director Transit
"Cockpit USA Historical efforts"
Cockpit USA has been committed to supporting our active duty military and veteran community from day one. They have used their historical archives and design team to build awareness for extraordinary people such as the Women Air Service Pilots, the Tuskegee Airmen, the Doolittle Raiders, and the American Volunteer Group for over 40 years. We often have the pleasure of being able to replace or replicate veterans favorite issue jacket they no longer have, or even give people the chance to own the flight jacket they always wanted. Cockpit USA’s mission has always been one of education, and connection when it comes to the American Soldier.
Simultaneously, the founders of Cockpit USA, Jeff and Jacky Clyman, set out to create a physical venue to continue that education. Committing an incredible amount of their time and financial support, they founded the American Airpower Museum in Farmingdale, Long Island. The museum hosts numerous events annually to honor historic military events, ceremonies, and remembrances.
American Airpower Museum Mission:
“The museum’s strategic mission is the preservation of the legacy of all Americans who have sacrificed themselves to defend our liberties and to educate a new generation regarding the courage, valor and heroism of our nation’s citizen soldiers by presenting the operational aircraft and armor in the museum’s collection and its related displays, exhibits and programs.”
Atlanta GA, September 21-25, 2016, Cockpit USA, and the American Airpower museum had the honor of participating in the 75th Anniversary commemoration of the American Volunteer Group (AVG). Two of the three surviving members of the AVG were in attendance, and five P-40’s from around the country gathered to honor the group. With the help of Sponsors Cockpit USA, The American Airpower Museum was able to send their P-40 “Jacky C” from its base In Farmingdale N.Y. to Peachtree DeKalb airport in Georgia.
Cockpit USA has made it part of it’s core mission to honor the Americans who volunteered to assist China during WWII. Their 23rd Fighter Group Jacket is a tribute to the group deigned to be as close to the original jackets used as possible. Additional Jacket designs have also been used as a way to continue to educate people on the groups fascinating history.
The American Airpower Museum, maintains their P-40 Warhawk in the original paint scheme of the 23rd AVG Fighter group. The aircraft is seen my school groups, museum visitors, and airshow fans across the Northeast United States.
For more Cockpit USA styles honoring the American Volunteer Group please see our:
As you may or may not know, Cockpit USA is a proud Sponsor of Reno Air Race Gold Unlimited Class P-51 Team, "Precious Metal". Cockpit USA would like to take the time to congratulate pilot Thom Richard for successfully becoming the first World Champion in the international F1 World Cup Series. Thom is not only a supporter of our brand, a pilot for our museum, and a dear friend, he also moonlights as one of our models! Way to go Thom, and all of the members of the "Precious Metal" and "Hot Stuff" teams!
While it may be March and temperatures may be on the up, it still is an iffy month in terms of sunshine, fog, clouds and... sometimes even snow! However, at the Cockpit USA sponsored American Airpower Museum, no degree of bad weather gets in the way of the very best of what they offer. Whether in the air, soaring through beautiful blue skies or on the ground in our famous hangar, all visitors who desire it get to have the 'in flight experience'! For more information, click here to check out the website and get the low down on how you can get the chance to ride in a real life, historic aircraft!
As proud sponsors of the American Airpower Museum in Farmingdale, Long Island home to a great fleet of operational and soaring historic aircraft, we at Cockpit USA love having a rummage through the photo and video archives to see what gems we can unearth. This week's throwback comes courtesy of our friends at Cradle of Aviation who sent this wonderful photo of the Airpower's hangar in the late 1940s! Take a look for yourself and be sure to check out the website here!
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 www.americanairpowermuseum.com!
We may be at the cold start of another winter month, but work at the Cockpit USA sponsored American Airpower Museum is never done. During this season, upkeep of the WWII and Cold War vehicles is key and therefore a continuous effort in preparation for the impending summer months, Memorial Day Weekend and all the celebrations which await. As we always endeavor to keep you in the loop, take a look at this footage of the mean pieces of machinery as they tread the ramp at the Farmingdale, Long Island location!