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  • A Brief History of The Black Cats

    PBY 5As Aircraft, part of The Black Cats Missions PBY 5As Aircraft, part of The Black Cats Missions

    Imagine flying closely over the dangerous waters of the South Pacific during WWII, hiding in the darkness of the night from enemy ships. These nighttime operations referred to as “Black Cat” or “Nightmare” missions will soon become your specialty, earning you the nickname “Black Cat”. These nocturnal missions gave the PBY airmen their fame in the early years of the 1940’s. Painted matte black, effective and creative in its late night stealth missions, the PBY aircraft became the first of its kind.

    The name “Black Cats”, adopted on October 30TH 1942, by the PBY aircraft stealth missions over the waters of the South Pacific, became one of the most important squadron names in U.S history. The PBY is considered to be the savior, hunter, aggressor, and supplier of the Pacific theatre during World War II. Though this heavy and slow flying aircraft was considered to be an easy target, the black matte paint turned this giant into an invisible nighttime predator. Equipped with torpedoes weighing more than two thousand pounds each, the PBY had to be precise to hit their targets during the dead of night. Extremely dangerous, but highly effective, these missions lead to shipboard Catalina crews receiving scores of commendations.

    PBY Aircraft PBY Aircraft

    The first official Black Cat squadron was VP-12, which operated PBY-5As, an amphibious version of the PBY that could land on water or on a runway with conventional landing gear. Formerly VP-24, VP-12 was re-designated on August 1st 1941 and stationed at NAS Ford Island, Pearl Harbor. On December 7, 1941 most of the fleet were on a training exercise when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. A majority of their fleet managed to escape undamaged, but the hangars of VP-21 and VP-22 were ruined. Fueled by patriotism to defend their country, VP-12 was transferred to NAS Kaneohe and patrolled the waters around Hawaii as well as sending detachments to Midway Island. Their attacks and rescue missions patrolling the South Pacific waters around Guadalcanal would lead to their legacy.

    Cockpit USA's New Black Eagle G-1 Bomber Jacket Cockpit USA's New Black Eagle G-1 Bomber Jacket

    Cockpit USA is proud to commemorate the history of the Black Cat squadron by introducing six iconic items that pay homage to the bravery of the aircrew men that served during WWII. We are offering three Black Cats t-shirts that shine light on the incredible aircrew of the VPB-24, VPB-71, and the VP-44 using the squadron logos, as well as our VP-44 baseball cap. Our VP12 Black Cats N4 Aircrew Deck Jacket commemorates the VP12 squadron, the first squadron that ventured into New Guinea and the Solomon Island airspace. Lastly, our hand treated goatskin Black Eagle leather G-1 bomber jacket honoring the missions of the VPB-71. Legendary, powerful, and one of a kind; the Black Cats were at the forefront of ingenuity and precision.

  • 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.
  • 12 Days of Deals! Day Twelve

    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 12, December 21st: Use code DAYTWELVE

    Today is the last day to save! Take 20% off our Movie Heroes Top Gun Navy G-1 Jacket, Women's Top Gun Jacket, and Kids Top Gun G-1 Jacket.

    Take 20% off our Movie Heroes Top Gun Navy G-1 Jacket, Women's Top Gun Jacket, and Kids Top Gun G-1 Jacket with code DAYTWELVE on 12/21 Take 20% off our Movie Heroes Top Gun Navy G-1 Jacket, Women's Top Gun Jacket, and Kids Top Gun G-1 Jacket with code DAYTWELVE on 12/21

    Movie Heroes Top Gun Navy G-1 Jacket

    Maverick, Goose, and great balls of fire! This is the jacket that made us famous.

    Women’s Top Gun Flight Jacket

    Give your sweetheart her own Top Gun Jacket so she doesn't steal yours!

    Kids Top Gun G-1 Jacket

    For the whole family, future little pilots can get started early. 

    Use code: DAYTWELVE for 20% off these styles on December, 21st only.  Select Next Day shipping in order to receive your gifts by Christmas.

    Cockpit USA's "Movie Heroes"© Top Gun Navy G-1 Jacket Cockpit USA's "Movie Heroes"© Top Gun Navy G-1 Jacket

    Lauren Abraham wearing the men's "Movie Heroes"© Top Gun Navy G-1 Jacket Lauren Abraham wearing the men's "Movie Heroes"© Top Gun Navy G-1 Jacket
  • 12 Days of Deals! Day Nine

    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 9, December 18th: Use code DAYNINE

    Take 20% off our Genuine B-3 Bomber Jacket, Women's B-3 Bomber Jacket, and Distressed B-3 Bag.

    Take 20% off Cockpit USA's Genuine B-3 Bomber Jacket, Women's B-3 Bomber Jacket, and Distressed B-3 Bag with code DAYNINE on 12/18 Take 20% off Cockpit USA's Genuine B-3 Bomber Jacket, Women's B-3 Bomber Jacket, and Distressed B-3 Bag with code DAYNINE on 12/18

    Genuine B-3 Bomber Jacket 

    A firm favorite among bomber crews during WWII, the sturdy B-3 bomber jacket was originally designed for both open cockpit and high altitude flying in the 1930s.

    Women's B-3 Bomber Jacket

    Identical to those worn by Women Air Service Pilots (WASPs) in WWII, and specifically designed for women. 

    Distressed B-3 Bag

    Warmth knows no bounds. This cozy winter bag will make everyday a little warmer. 

    Use code: DAYNINE for 20% off these styles on December 18th only. Don't miss out!

    Chad Michael Murray wearing Cockpit USA's Genuine B-3 Bomber Jacket for Glamoholic Mag Chad Michael Murray wearing Cockpit USA's Genuine B-3 Bomber Jacket for Glamoholic Mag

    Cockpit USA's Women's B-3 Bomber Jacket Cockpit USA's Women's B-3 Bomber Jacket
  • 12 Days of Deals! Day Three

    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 3, December 12th: Use code DAYTHREE

    Take 20% off our The Amelia Jacket, Infinity Map Scarf, and Legacy Leather Backpack.

    20% OFF The Amelia Jacket, Infinity Map Scarf, and Legacy Leather Backpack with code: DAYTHREE 20% OFF The Amelia Jacket, Infinity Map Scarf, and Legacy Leather Backpack with code: DAYTHREE
  • History of the Souvenir Jacket

    Detail of the embroidery on Cockpit USA's 7th Air Force Souvenir Jacket Detail of the embroidery on Cockpit USA's 7th Air Force Souvenir Jacket

    The souvenir jacket originated shortly after World War II in occupied Japan. American soldiers who served in the Pacific Theater commissioned these beautifully hand embroidered jackets as a memento of their travels and time abroad. The souvenir jacket reached the height of popularity during and after the Korean War (1950-1953).

    The popularity of souvenir jackets grew in both Japan and South Korea, following the Korean War. During the Cold War, U.S. military base exchanges around the world, imported souvenir jackets from Asia to sell at their kiosks to meet the demand. These jackets featured “Local maps” combined with some of the more popular Asian motifs. More unique custom graphics also increased over time. Not surprisingly, as souvenir jackets gained popularity with servicemen, these decorative jackets sparked a trend with friends, family, and eventually the general civilian population.

    7th Air Force Souvenir Jacket 

    Cockpit USA 7th Air Force Souvenir Jacket Cockpit USA 7th Air Force Souvenir Jacket

    Established on 19 October 1940 as the Hawaiian Air Force it was part of an expansion program of the U.S. Army Air Corps, activated at Fort Shafter, Territory of Hawaii. After the attack on Pearl Harbor and suffering a considerable loss of aircraft and personnel, the HAF was re-equipped and re-designated in 1942 as the Seventh Air Force based at Hickam Field. During WWII the 7AF retained the mission of providing air defense for the Hawaiian Islands and also engaged in combat operations primarily in the Central Pacific AOR. It was assigned units engaging enemy forces in the Gilbert IslandsMarshall IslandsCaroline IslandsMariana Islands, and in the last major battle of the Pacific War, the Battle of Okinawa.

    During the Korean War the 7AF was based at Osan and Kunsan Air Bases in South Korea and have remained there till this day. A combat ready Air Command and serving as a deterrent to North Korean aggression.

     

    Aloha Hawaii Souvenir Jacket (Coming Soon)

    Cockpit USA's Aloha Hawaii Souvenir Jacket Cockpit USA's Aloha Hawaii Souvenir Jacket

    World War II dramatically changed the Hawaiian Islands forever. In the aftermath of the attacks on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the Naval bases and surrounding Air Fields became the hub of US Pacific Theater Operations for all services. The beauty of the islands were also now seen for the first time by hundreds of thousands of servicemen and women who transited on their way to and from the battlefields of the Pacific. This new exposure would bring more Americans both in and out of uniform to the Hawaiian Islands beginning in the 1950s. Once again Hawaii played an important role during the Korean War from 1950-53, and then again during the Vietnam War. Since then the islands have been home to generations of servicemen and women and still play a vital role for the US Pacific Fleet, and Air Forces.

    Our souvenir jacket is inspired by the mementos purchased for off duty wear in the 1950’s and 60’s by Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen alike. These jackets were often customized based on where one traveled, or was stationed. Often adorned with maps, and local symbols the jackets were eye catching as they were finely tailored from silk, nylon or rayon. Our jacket features a beautifully embroidered map of the Hawaiian Islands, hibiscus blooms and palm trees with references to the famed landmark Diamond Head volcano and Pearl Harbor on the island of Oahu. The Cockpit USA Aloha Souvenir jacket is a great piece that celebrates the beauty of the Hawaiian Islands, and its rich history.

    Flying Tiger Souvenir

    Cockpit USA's Women's Flying Tigers Tour Jacket Cockpit USA's Women's Flying Tigers Tour Jacket

    Prior to the United States declaring war on Japan in December 1941, a group of American volunteer pilots and ground crew, joined the Chinese in the fight against the Empire of Japan. Nicknamed the Flying Tigers, the American Volunteer Group (AVG) was eventually absorbed into the US Army Air Forces on July 4th 1942, the 23rd Fighter Group was the official new name for the AVG, but kept their nom de gar “The Flying Tigers”.  The Cockpit USA Flying Tigers Souvenir jacket was created to honor the bravery and commitment of the AVG.

    Our Flying Tigers Souvenir Jacket is available for men and women.

  • Congratulations to pilot Thom Richard

    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!

    Thom Richard at the American Airpower Museum Thom Richard at the American Airpower Museum
  • 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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  • Bring it on. And wear it well.

    "Over the years I have learned that there are five things that a man looks his absolute best in; a real A2 is one of them. This Mustang A2 is a real one. If you look at the styling of the pocket flaps, the collar latch, the cut, the overall appearance of the jacket - its real. I have one and I can tell you that its not just looks, its made that way. And it has that thing - life-worn toughness, I suppose - that makes me look good in it. Until someone comes up with a way to bottle that feeling and that look, this jacket will do me just fine, thank you. If you want pretty, get a designer 'bomber'. If you want a well-seasoned second skin, this is it. What the jacket brings to you is important, but its what you bring to the jacket that counts. Bring it on. And wear it well." - Diesel

    Wise words and an excellent compliment. Thanks Diesel!

    Get the look: http://ss1.us/a/VwuknaQI

    Mustang A-2 Jacket Mustang A-2 Jacket
  • Cockpit's ANJ-4 Jacket

    The ANJ-4/AN-6552 was a late WW2 development of a sheepskin jacket designed to be more accommodating in a cockpit in lieu of the bulkier B-3 sheepskin, which was used by all aircrew but was not as comfortable in a tight confine. Experimental test samples were developed of this same jacket in leather with various types of linings for warmth and flexibility to accommodate those crewmembers that needed a lighter less bulky material. So a leather version of the ANJ-4 was drawn up and sampled but never produced.

    ANJ-4 Jacket ANJ-4 Jacket

    Cockpit has taken this concept and created our own engineered version of this universally useful jacket, as it permits the wearer to use its two-way zip to sit in a cockpit or a vehicle and loosen the waist as well as side buckles to tighten it to keep the wind out, with added zip sleeves, similar to the British flight jackets, to allow gloves to fit under the sleeves; great for motorcycling as well. The leather is a supple but durable vintage lamb and carries the features of its sheepskin predecessor with USN style patch pockets and a large real shearling collar with throat latch to keep wind out and warmth in. The modern lining is our WW2 parachute pattern nylon quilted to trademark Primaloft for extra warmth, softness and flexibility and two added inside pockets for modern convenience. A truly unique, contemporary jacket with a vintage configuration that sits slightly lower than the sheepskin jackets of the same era for additional weather protection. Proudly made in the USA.

    Get the ANJ-4 Jacket here.

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