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  • Joint Forces featuring Eric Wertz from @BlueCollarPrep

    Joint Forces Collection with @BlueCollarPrep

    A leather coat is one of those essential pieces that everyone should own. There's so many different styles of leather jackets you can always find the perfect jacket no matter what your style is. When it comes to leather, quality to me, is one of the most important aspects in picking the right brand to go with. These jackets are an investment and if you treat them right they will be with you forever and are well worth it!

    Growing up I was always into military style pieces. My father worked at the docks in Brooklyn and we always visited Army/Navy stores together when I was younger. I think that's probably what really ignited my love for the armed forces kind of vibe. Unfortunately, I was never able to own a leather jacket growing up, so I knew that once I was in a position to get my own, it would have to be a quality leather!

    Cockpit USA is one of my all time favorite outerwear brands! Not only are they top quality, but I love that when I style them, their jackets just have this bit of edge to them that I like. Now their edge doesn't come from trying to be edgy, but it actually just comes from staying authentic to iconic American civilian and military design. Cockpit USA has been around for over 40 years, and they continue to make jackets that are suitable for pilots and guys like us that want bad ass jackets - like some of the styles I'm rocking here. Whether it's a bomber, sheepskin, leather, textile or a varsity jacket, they are definitely one of those brands, that just delivers such sick pieces with that top-notch quality that I love. I also love that they make kids jackets as well. When we visited the Cockpit showroom not too long ago, it was one of the rare times that I saw Nate actually get excited about a jacket! He loved the camo & leather bomber so we had to get them!

    I currently own 4 Cockpit jackets and Nate owns 3! I linked the ones that are still available here:

    Aces & Eights Flight Jacket

    M51 DMZ Fishtail Shell

    M51 DMZ Fishtail Shell

    Airborne Embroidered Fishtail

    Kids Top Gun G-1 Jacket

    Kids Top Gun G-1 Jacket & Camel Watch Cap from Blue Collar Perp

    KIDS Camouflage Field Jacket

    KIDS Camouflage Field Jacket

    Whenever I wear any of my Cockpit jackets, they pretty much just make the outfit. I usually keep it simple underneath and let the jacket be that statement piece on top. Whenever I share a look on my Instagram page (@BlueCollarPrep) featuring one, I always get such positive feedback and so much love for them. I cannot wait to get my hands on one of their sheepskin jackets! They are just so top-level, and the sexiness and quality is on point. I seriously need one!

    With such a love for this brand, I was super excited when they had an interest in my beanies from my brand BLUE. They'll be carrying a few select colors of ours on their website: camel, gold & neon orange! I've actually worn each of these colors with one of their jackets at some point and definitely agree these will fit perfectly in with the vibe of their brand. I couldn't be more excited that such an iconic brand, that is one of my all-time faves, will be offering the BlueCollarPrep Watch Cap to their dedicated customers.

    Watch Cap by Blue Collar Prep

    Watch Cap in Neon Orange by Blue Collar Prep

    If you're in the market for a quality jacket that you want to elevate your looks, and have that quality that will allow the piece to last forever, Cockpit USA is a brand to check out. I've always been a fan, and now my son is as well! Make sure to pick up one of my Watch Caps before you complete the purchase and tag my brand @Not.The.Color.Blue on IG if you rock it!

    Written by: Eric Wertz

  • 75th Anniversary of D-Day

     

    American Troops-approaching the beaches of German occupied Normandy France.

    Midnight, 5thofJune 1944 turned into 6th of June 1944, and a huge formation of aircraft flew in the nighttime sky above the English Channel heading from the English airfields south towards the coast of France carrying over 13,000 American Airborne troops. The heavily loaded young paratroopers were on board their C-47 transport aircraft by 10 pm that night. As the formation of aircraft crossed the French coast, the night came alive with anti aircraft fire. Planes that were hit, headed down in flames taking troops with them. By 1 AM on the morning of the 6th    June, the men began parachute jumping from the planes and silently floated to the ground to meet the German enemy in total darkness. The Douglas C-47 transport brought the war to Hitler’s doorstep and the liberation from German tyranny- the beginning of the end of WW II.

    USArmy Pathfinders, June 1944

    As hundreds of C-47s flew in darkness, the largest naval invasion fleet ever assembled moved through the sea channels between England and France towards the French coast. Thousands of vessels, many designed specifically for the mission at hand, carried men and machines to be delivered to the beaches of France. As dawn broke on the morning of June 6th, 1944 German defense artillery cannon units woke to find the horizon blotted out by the advancing fleet. The Allies had caught the German Army by surprise. Hitler’s generals had expected the invasion to come ashore at Calais, France, over 150 miles to the northeast, the shortest distance between England and France. Instead, the Allies had invaded France at beach sectors over a 50-mile stretch of the northern French Normandy coastline, the farthest distance across the channel between England and France.

    American citizen soldiers crossing the English Channel, June 1944

    Never before in the history of warfare had there been a more ambitious plan. The invasion required the movement of hundreds of thousands of men across the English Channel. Nearly 500,000 vehicles from jeeps, tanks, and trucks to artillery were delivered to storage areas throughout England for loading onto ships. Ammunition, fuel, and medical supplies were also sent to provide troops on the beaches marching inland to fight the Germans.

    2nd Infantry Division on the East Side sector of Omaha Beach, D+1, June 7th, 1944

    At the dawn of June 6th, 1944, many would never live to see the sun set. Thousands would die with their first steps onto French soil and thousands more would be wounded. The determination and will of the American citizen soldiers proved too much for the German defenses and the Americans broke through. German generals knew that if they did not push the Allies back into the sea that day, Germany’s war would be lost and in less than a year, it was. By May of 1945, Hitler was dead, and the Allied armies of America, Britain, Canada, France, and Russia were in Berlin, the German capital.

    Paratrooper about to jump into battle.

    Seventy-five years ago, while the free world held its breath, young men dropped from the sky and stepped from landing craft into combat. Today on a hill above the Normandy beach at Colleville sur Mer, over 9,000 graves in the American Cemetery bear silent witness to the events of June 6gh, 1944. Their lasting legacy is our Freedom.

    Today Cockpit USA honors the men who made the ultimate sacrifice by partnering with the pilots, crews, and sponsors of the D-Day Squadron for the 75thanniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy France. The “D-Day Squadron” as they call themselves, is the largest assembly of authentic WWII C-47 military transport aircraft and paratroopers since that fateful day.

    Dynamic Aviations Crew wearing their Cockpit USA 75th Anniversary D-Day A-2 jackets while in front of the C47 Miss Virginia 2019.

     

    D-Day Squadron Flight Crews in Prestwick Scottland on the way to the Duxford England while wearing Cockpit USA's 75th Anniversary Limited Edition D-Day Jacket.

    Our 75thAnniversary Limited Edition D-Day Jacket  is conceived to honor the 75th anniversary of the service and sacrifice of the American citizen soldiers who risked it all to bring about the end of WWII in Europe.

  • 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.

    Mosquito FAC pilots Korean War1

    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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