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  • Celebrating the heroic life of John "Jack" Lyle, one of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen

    John “Jack” Lyle next to his fighter jet named after his first wife Natalie during WWII.

    “I don’t consider myself a hero because a hero is somebody who does something beyond the call of duty, I never did anything beyond the call of duty, whatever I did I did because I liked it” Fox News Channel May 4th 2018

    On this Black History Month Cockpit USA pays honor to one of the last surviving heroes of the iconic Tuskegee Airmen group of WWII. The Tuskegee Airmen were a group of black soldiers that defied expectations in a segregated military during a time when it was believed African-Americans couldn’t be trained in aviation. Their bravery and contributions helped promote inclusion in the advancement of the United States military.

    Photo of Tuskegee Airmen During WWII

    John “Jack” Lyle died on January 5th, 2019 at 98 years old in his home in the Chicago South Side. Lyle was a child musician, fighter pilot, cop, a sailor, an entrepreneur, and an amateur inventor. His wife Eunice Jackson-Lyle described him as an individual who loved to learn; “his home had a library stocked with encyclopedias and classic novels”. During his last days, Lyle spent his time at the Jackson Park Harbor on Lake Michigan, a perfect location for one of his many passions, sailing.

    “Captain Jack” as he was called by many loved ones was a highly skilled fighter pilot, "We flew 500 feet above the bombers to keep enemy fighters from hitting our guys," he recalled in a 2012 interview with Jet Magazine. "I loved flying, being up in the clouds, the scenery. I flew 26 combat missions, from southern Italy to Austria and southern Germany, over the Austrian Alps." Lyle also mentioned in the interview on how he was fired upon on several times and how he watched at first-hand other bombers being torn apart by the enemy. After the war, Lyle returned to his hometown of Chicago where he enlisted in college to then work as a skyscraper window washer. Lyle found other ventures after window washing; he worked as an insurance salesman to then owning his own fish and chicken restaurant and eventually a tree cutting service company.

    John "Captain Jack" Lyle, at his Chicago home, Friday, Dec. 2, 2011. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune)

    Lyle’s childhood dream came true in 1957 when he bought his first sailboat. The freedom he felt on the water fulfilled his competitive spirit. His intelligence and pilot experience made him an outstanding sailor, as he was quick to respond to any wind changes upon the horizon. The many years of practice paid off and Lyle eventually became a captain at the Jackson Park Yacht Club. Lyle's focus and love of sailing awarded him the title of  “Yachtsperson of the Year” by the Chicago Yachting Association at the age of 91, becoming the eldest person to receive the honor.

     

    John Lyle on Lake Michigan 2018

    With all of these recognitions none compare to the Congressional Gold Medal bestowed by then president George W. Bush in 2007, which acknowledge Lyle’s achievements and bravery during WWII. All of these milestones never deterred Lyle’s humbleness as he never considered that what he did was award-worthy.

    U.S. Capitol. Arrival. Greeted by Speaker Nancy Pelosi in Statuary Hall. Photo opportunity with 300 Tuskegee Airmen prior to Ceremony.

    Today we pay respect an honor the legacy of an American champion. Surviving though his wife and three children, John “Captain Jack” Lyle is part of history. Lyle and many other men during WWII risked their lives to ensure that our freedoms at home were protected during a time of adversity. His service and the service of all Tuskegee Airmen is an important piece of the Civil Rights Movement that influenced unity within the military. Here’s to a man who lived to be free in the skies and on the water, rest in peace John “Captain Jack” Lyle.

  • The Iconic Cockpit USA Collection, styles designed to withstand the Test of Time

     

    One could be forgiven for mistaking film classics such as “Top Gun” and “Pearl Harbor” as just box office hits that drove movie ticket sales sky-high! Fortunately, Cockpit USA is here to remind you there is more...

    Top Gun Movie and Cockpit USA's "Movie Heroes" Top Gun Jacket

     

    We remember stories of war and tales of loss. Moments of love, heroism, and redemption. A time when young men and women dressed in uniform fought for a country they called home-the United States of America.

    It’s there in the shield of armor we call American Style that we immortalize these historical events.

    Movie Pearl Harbor and Cockpit USA's "Remember Pearl Harbor A-2 Flight Jacket

    Eight decades have passed since Amelia Earhart’s ill-fated flight across the Pacific but it’s her courageous step into harm’s way as the first female pilot to fly over the Pacific that inspires the narrative. It’s Earhart’s legend that still encourages young women in aviation today and also inspires our Amelia Jacket and coat.

    Amelia Earhart in front of the Lockheed Electra Plane next to Cockpit USA's Amelia Jacket.

     

    100 Mission Bomber inspired by General George S. Patton

    “It’s better to fight for something than to live for nothing”, said General George S. Patton whose decisive command decisions took the lead in the great Battle of Bulge in 1944. Patton’s highly recognized image taken during that fateful battle gives historical meaning to our B-3 sheepskin styles launched back in 1977.

    As art imitates life, we recount the story of American Heroes on the silver screen. Actors such as Tom Hardy and Cuba Gooding Jr. recreate these events in renowned films such as “Dunkirk” and “Red Tails”. While some may be true and others “inspired by”, it is the people that wore them that give them iconic immortality…

    Tom Hardy Wearing Cockpit USA's R.A.F Bomber Jacket next to Cockpit USA's Dunkirk Hooded R.A.F Sheepskin Jacket
    Jeff Clyman wearing his "100 Mission B-3 Bomber Jacket, and Jacky Clyman wearing her "Women's Top Gun Flight Jacket". Photos by Jürgen Frank from WIC Interview "The Jacket of Heroes"

    Since 1975, our mission at Cockpit USA is to preserve and continue to share this history through quality garments that are timeless, classic and iconic.

    Women's B-15 Bomber Jacket inspired by Marilyn Monroe

    Iconic Photoshoot - Captured by Daniel D'ottavio

  • Artisans Of Freedom Films

    "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.

  • An Air Force Second-To-None

    USAF F16 and P51 Mustang Heritage Flight

    Today, September 18th, 2018 we celebrate the 71st birthday of the United States Air Force. The Air Force traces its history back to 1907 when it became a division of the U.S Army Signal Corps just 4 years after the first powered flight at Kitty Hawk, NC by the aviation pioneers the Wright Brothers. First tested in combat during WWI, matured during the years between the World Wars, and dominating the skies in combat during WWII and coming into its own as the U.S Army Air Corps, and in 1941 renamed the U.S Army Air Force during WWII the independent Air Force concept took shape.

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    In the aftermath of World War Two, as aviation technology advanced rapidly into the jet age proponents of an independent service branch were heard loud and clear. As a function of the National Security of 1947 the U.S Air Force was born on September 18th of that year and would become what could be considered the first line of defense against the growing Soviet Threat of the post-war years, that would become known as the Cold War. Since its birth 71 years ago the USAF has dominated the skies over our adversaries and has held the edge of Air Superiority over our nations, and allies’ foes through its dedicated and skilled airmen, and it’s always evolving and ground-breaking technological advances.

    F-84 Pilots circa 1950

    On this occasion, we salute all the men and women who have served our nation as Airmen past and present as well as all those who have defended our nation through air dominance for 71 years. We are also very proud to have supported our airmen for over 35 years supplying high quality, made in the USA flight apparel including flight jackets, flight suits, and especially proud to have been a part of bringing back the A-2 flight jacket tradition to aircrews in 1987 on the occasion of the 40th birthday of the United States Air Force.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Happy 71st Birthday USAF!

    To learn more about our nation’s Air Force go to www.af.mil and see first-hand the amazing job our Airmen do every day, both at home and abroad.

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  • Glenn Miller and America's Big Band

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    Glenn Miller, band leader, musician, arranger, and composer during the swing era of the 1940's became one of the most iconic names in music. In 1942 with patriotic intention of entertaining the Allied Forces to boost morale overseas, Glenn Miller joined the war effort and was given rank as Army Captain and leader of the Army Band. He would soon transfer to the U.S Army Air Force, playing at air fields and bases across the nation and finally shipping out to England during the Summer of 1944.

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    Miller's most famous recordings include "In The Mood", and "Moonlight Serenade".

    Miller was missing in action in 1944 on a flight from England to France over the English channel, but will forever be remembered as a hero and music star of the era.

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    Before Miller's disappearance, his music was used by World War II AFN radio broadcasting for entertainment and morale as well as counter-propaganda to denounce fascist oppression in Europe with even Miller once stating on radio "America means freedom and there's no expression of freedom quite so sincere as music."

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    Today Cockpit USA immortalizes Glenn Miller on our new lambskin A2 jacket reminiscent of the World War II years and swing music. Lined with a beautiful silk screened Glenn Miller Appliqué and a hand printed image of Glenn Miller playing his trombone on the back of the jacket; Cockpit USA’s Glenn Miller lambskin A-2 is designed for those who appreciate the great musicians who defined a whole era of popular culture.

  • Golf Legend Jack Nicklaus presented with Folds of Honor commissioned Cockpit USA Jacket

    Maj. Dan Rooney alongside PGA President Peter Bevacqua presented Golf Legend and 18 time champion, Jack “The Golden Bear” Nicklaus with a first edition hand painted Folds of Honor/Cockpit USA “Freedom isn’t Free” A-2 leather flight jacket. Maj. Dan Rooney alongside PGA President Peter Bevacqua presented Golf Legend and 18 time champion, Jack “The Golden Bear” Nicklaus with a first edition hand painted Folds of Honor/Cockpit USA “Freedom isn’t Free” A-2 leather flight jacket.

    Today Cockpit USA is excited to announce its collaboration with the incredible people at the Folds of Honor charitable foundation in support of our nations veterans and their families. Earlier this morning on TVs Fox and Friends cable news program live from PGA Headquarters in Florida Maj. Dan Rooney, founder and CEO of Folds of Honor, alongside PGA CEO Peter Bevacqua, presented Golf Legend and 18 time champion, Jack “The Golden Bear” Nicklaus the first edition of the hand painted Folds of Honor/Cockpit USA “Freedom isn’t Free” A-2 leather flight jacket. This first jacket, donated by Cockpit USA, was presented in recognition of Mr. Nicklaus’ steadfast support for the foundations upcoming Patriot Golf Day and fundraising campaign. This Jacket marks the beginning in a series of Cockpit USA special edition jackets for Folds of Honor to recognize those who have dedicated themselves to supporting our nations veterans and their families. Cockpit USA is truly honored and proud to support the Folds of Honor, and the upcoming Patriot Golf Day.

    The story behind this jacket’s creation is just as interesting as the jacket itself. Beginning in early summer 2017 Maj. Dan Rooney, FOH founder and CEO, and Maj. Scott Clyman, Cockpit USA Partner and son of Cockpit founders Jeff and Jacky Clyman, were introduced and began a collaboration to design a special jacket to be presented to those who have selflessly dedicated both time, and financial support to Folds of Honor and its mission. Both Dan and Scott are combat veteran F-16 pilots, who better to have collaborated on such a project than those that have served themselves. Watching two veterans work together to create a token of appreciation to the many people who selflessly have made a difference in a veteran, or veterans families life has been inspirational to all of us here at Cockpit USA.

    Rough sketch, mock up, and blocked out jacket ready for the next coat of paint. Rough sketch, mock up, and blocked out jacket ready for the next coat of paint.

    The Folds of Honor X Cockpit USA “Freedom Isn’t Free” jacket will become part of the Folds of Honor culture, being presented to major supporters of the foundation, and becoming a symbol of their patriotism. We look forward to many more presentations to the committed supporters of this great foundation.

    The finished hand painted Folds of Honor/Cockpit USA “Freedom isn’t Free” A-2 leather flight jacket The finished hand painted Folds of Honor/Cockpit USA “Freedom isn’t Free” A-2 leather flight jacket

    With the motto, “Honor their Sacrifice, Educate their Legacy”, Folds of Honor has committed themselves to changing the future of the grieving spouses and children of fallen American servicemen and women. Since 2007, Patriot Golf Day has raised over $38M, and awarded 7,000 scholarships to veteran families, FOH has given over 16,000 scholarships since being founded. Their Patriot Golf Day campaign held on Labor Day weekend raised $6.1M last year alone. Maj. Dan Rooney a PGA professional himself, has combined his time in the military, with his career in the PGA to provide educational support to our American veteran families.

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    Cockpit USA has always been and will continue be, a supporter of our American armed service men, women, and families. Working with Folds of Honor has been a fantastic experience, and an honor to participate in their educational support. Driven, patriotic people doing what they can, whatever they can aligns well with the core of our brand.

    Maj. Dan Rooney of Folds of Honor, and Maj. Scott Clyman of Cockpit USA, both USAF veteran F-16 pilots Maj. Dan Rooney of Folds of Honor, and Maj. Scott Clyman of Cockpit USA, both USAF veteran F-16 pilots.
  • Cockpit USA at SUN 'n FUN 2017

    ENTER for your chance to win one of 4 different a Cockpit USA Jackets!!

    The American Airpower Museum's P-40 will be at SUN 'n FUN in Florida The American Airpower Museum's P-40 will be at SUN 'n FUN in Florida

    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.

    Pilot Scott Yoak standing on the wing of his P-51 in his Cockpit USA Nomex CWU. Pilot Scott Yoak standing on the wing of his P-51 in his Cockpit USA Nomex CWU.

    In review:

    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.

  • 12 Days of Deals: Day Two!

    Get geared up for the holidays with the Cockpit USA 12 days of Christmas event. 12 Days, 12 deals, each day offering 20% OFF that days look. Beginning December 10th, and running through December 21st, have everything you need for your holiday shopping.

    Day 2, December 11th: Use code DAYTWO

    Take 20% off our 100 Mission A-2 Pilot's Jacket, Buy American Tee, and Unisex Nomex Pilot Gloves.

    Use code: DAYTWO for 20% off our 100 Mission A-2 Pilot's Jacket, Buy American Tee, and Unisex Nomex Pilot Gloves on Dec. 11. Use code: DAYTWO for 20% off our 100 Mission A-2 Pilot's Jacket, Buy American Tee, and Unisex Nomex Pilot Gloves on Dec. 11.

    "100 Mission" A-2 Pilot's Jacket

    This antique lambskin features natural graining to recreate a weather-beaten appearance. With continued wear, the color of the leather will lighten and its texture will become richer, adding to the vintage characteristics of the jacket.

    Buy American Tee

    Support American Made goods in style. A favorite tee of the Former Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, he wears his Buy American Tee to the gym.

    Unisex Nomex Pilot Gloves

    Touchscreen compatible gloves, crafted for comfort and style. The perfect gift for that special someone whose hands you want to hold.

    Use code: DAYTWO for 20% off these styles on December, 11th only. Don't miss out!

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  • 75th Anniversary AVG Reunion

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    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.

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    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:

    Flying Tigers Souvenir Trucker JacketAVG Flying Tigers Souvenir Jacket23rd Fighter Group A-2 Flight Jacket

    Thom Richard wearing Cockpit USA's 23rd Fighter Squadron A-2 Thom Richard wearing Cockpit USA's 23rd Fighter Squadron A-2
  • Customer Story: Tomislav

    "Four years ago, when I was on a business trip, my USAF 21st Century A-2 jacket was stollen and with it a lots of memories from the time I served in the air force. Since it was a huge blow my wife decided to make it up to me and surprised me for my 40th birthday with a brand new WWII Government Issue A-2 Jacket. It was like I got my memories back. It was great to feel that smell and sound of leather again. It reminded me of the days I was wearing it on the job (in the 21st century…not in the II WW-:)).

    I always appreciated how the jacket is slim and tight because I never incidentally turned on any of the million switches in the cockpit…and the cockpit can be tight. The pockets are a bit small but if you are an aviator you always travel light…a wallet with a credit card and some cash, keys and a mobile phone…everything else I can do without. It’s is easily folded for a carriage in a transport bag (or between the handles of the bag, if you want it to be close at hand). It doesn't look like it, but It’s very warm. It’s around +5 degrees C outside now and all I wear is a shirt and a light pullover bellow it. It’s enough to keep me warm while I walk downtown. Since it’s leather jacket it works great in windy conditions too.

    Anyhow, I’m happy as a child again because I finally got my second skin back (and this time I plan to keep it for a long time!).

    At the end, a big THANK YOU to everybody from COCKPIT USA, to Stephane and Laetitia from CAPACHAT.COM and to my wife Iva for putting such a great effort to get the jacket here on time for my 40th birthday celebration (you wouldn't believe what Murphy’s law is applicable to)!!!

    Tomislav"

    This is one of the most heartfelt reviews we've ever gotten. It is always a joy to hear how much love and memories go into the jackets we create. Enjoy for the many years to come.

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