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  • 100 Years of The British Royal Air Force

    Today on this 100th anniversary of Great Britain’s Royal Air Force Cockpit USA commemorates the bravery and history our country’s strongest ally in Europe.  Our RAF sheepskin bomber jacket represents the epitome of English heroism during WWII. Worn over London skies in the summer of 1940 by English fighter pilots flying Spitfire and Hurricane fighters in air battles against Nazi air forces, this bomber jacket provided the warmth and freedom of movement needed during combat.

    Click here for 20% off on our RAF Fighter Weight Sheepskin Bomber Jacket. Offer valid from March 30-April 3rd 2018

    Pilots in the RAF tailored their jackets to shear down the wool to allow more freedom of movement. We at Cockpit USA have introduced a short sheared sheepskin version light enough to wear with a sweater or other layering pieces. We also commemorate the efforts of the RAF by showcasing a beautiful R.A.F belt buckle inspired by the British crown insignia.  On this anniversary Cockpit USA introduces our new "RAF Eagle Squadron Tee" which pays respect to the three fighter squadrons of the Royal Air Force formed with volunteer pilots from the United States. We honor the achievements of one of the most important military units ever assembled and focus on the its development by looking back at its early years of service during WWI and WWII.

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    The British Royal Air Force was formed on April 1, 1918 as an integration of the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS). The development of British flight engineering began years later after the American brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright made the fist ever flight of self-propelled heavier than air aircraft flight in 1903. This gave birth to the Royal Naval Flying School at Eastchurch, Kent on December 1911. The school was eventually integrated into the Royal Flying Corps forming a new airplane squadron. Soon after, the specifications of the navy introduced the RNAS.

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    On August 4th 1914 Britain declared war on Germany and entered WWI. The British RFC only had 84 aircraft while the RNAS had 71. Germany’s advance technologies gave it great advantage during air strikes, which crippled towns in England through damaging bombings. This disadvantage caused the British military to create a separate ministry, which could focus on the development of strategic air bombing against Germany.

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    It was on April 1st, 1918 that the RAF was born incorporating a female group called the Women’s Royal Air Force. The WRAF came forth after the concern of the loss of specialized female workforce. The WRAF fell into two categories; one fell under “immobiles” as they stayed attached to their local station. The second category being “mobile” lived in quarters on or near the workplace and could be transferred elsewhere if needed. The WRAF held the reputation of becoming the most professional and disciplined of all women’s service due to the strict guidelines imposed by the RAF. The WRAF came to and end on August 1919 and became an individual asset to the RAF as a whole, their bravery and call to action to a country in need held these women as one of the most important service groups during WWI.

    By the end of the first World War on November 11,1918, the RAF had dropped 5,500 tons of bombs and claimed 2,953 enemy aircraft destroyed, gaining clear air superiority along the Western Front and contributing to the Allied victory over Germany and the other Central Powers. It had also become the largest air force in the world at the time, with some 300,000 officers and airmen—plus 25,000 members of the WRAF—and more than 22,000 aircraft.

    The RAF expanded quickly due to the outbreak of the Second World War. The men of the regular pre-war air force were joined by those from the Royal Auxiliary Air Force, formed in 1924 to provide a reserve of manpower, and the RAF Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR), who were put on the active list when war was imminent and who were vital to the RAF's performance, particularly during the Battle of Britain. During the Second World War the RAF fought in every major theatre, the Battle of Britain being the most famous campaign where Britain fought the superior German Air Forces, blocked the Luftwaffe air supremacy over southern England and therefore preventing the German invasion of England.

    Photo of French Pilot flying with original RAF Jacket Photo of French Pilot flying with original RAF Jacket. Click here for Cockpit USA's RAF Sheepskin Bomber Jacket

    The rapid expansion of the RAF came to life after the absorption of the men and planes of the air forces of the British Dominions of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. This also included European countries in exile fighting against the Nazis such as Poland, Czech Republic, France, and Belgium as well as British Indian colonials and British West Indian recruits. During World War II the RAF reached a total power of 1.2 million men and women, of whom 185,000 were aircrew. Unfortunately about 70 thousand personnel were killed. The British Royal Air Force will forever be known as one of the most significant professional groups ever assembled and a true ally to the United States of America.

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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".

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    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.

  • The Fishtail Parka

    Korea 1950, the U.S was at war defending South Korea from an invasion by North Korea and Communist China!

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    On 14 November 1950, a cold front from Siberia descended over the Chosin Reservoir in the Korean peninsula, and the temperature plunged to as low as −35 °F. The cold weather was accompanied by frozen ground, creating considerable danger of frostbite casualties, icy roads, and weapon malfunctions. Medical supplies froze; morphine syrettes had to be defrosted in a medic's mouth before they could be injected; frozen blood plasma was useless on the battlefield. Even cutting off clothing to deal with a wound risked gangrene and frostbite. Batteries used for the Jeeps and radios did not function properly in the temperature and quickly ran down. The lubrication in the guns gelled and rendered them useless in battle. Likewise, the springs on the firing pins would not strike hard enough to fire the round, or would jam. In fact, it was the brutal Korean weather that gave birth to the fishtail parka.

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    The M-51 fishtail parka hails its history from the US Army in Korea during the tough wet winters of the early 1950’s during the Korean War.   Like many iconic pieces of outerwear, “the fishtail” has roots in the military. The old M-43 field jacket and liner of WWII as well as the wool great coat were the standard outerwear provided to the military, but the notoriously wet and cold climate of the Korean peninsula necessitated a warmer coat for American troops in the Korean War.

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    The Army designers first developed the M-1949 (Military 1949) and then the M-51 Cold Weather Parka as a result. The main concern for the US military during the Korean War was to keep the soldiers warm and mobile without wearing a robust and clumsy piece of outwear. The fishtail parka accomplished these needs with a three-quarter length, so it could keep someone’s entire body warm without hindering their movement, and constructed the coat out of waterproof cotton and then a nylon cotton blend, so the material would shed snow and freezing rain.

    In the 1960’s, the army surplus fishtail parka became a fashion staple on the streets of London, protecting the suits of working men that needed shield from the city’s elements. While fashionistas would have you believe the tail is intended to hang down like the back end of a fish, it’s actually function is to be tied around the wearer’s legs, from the back to the front, in order to seal things off from any unexpected wind gusts.

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    Our made in the USA M51 DMZ Fishtail with liner has adopted the architecture of the G1 issue shell and liner, and has now been modified to fit a zip in/zip out soft merino shearling hoody, which acts as a fur liner that can also be used as a beautiful and comfortable stand-alone piece. With its authentic water repellent military specification tight weave canvas, the 100% Mil. Spec cotton gives the wearer perfect cold or wet weather protection. Cockpit USA also offers an M51 DMZ fishtail shell and a U.S Army Airborne Parachute Wing insignia fishtail version that heralds the bravery of the military parachutist. Authentic, historic, and unique; the M51 Fishtail Parka is designed for those who demand the best.

    On The Left: M51 DMZ Fishtail W. Liner On The Right: Airborne Embroidered Fishtail On The Left: M51 DMZ Fishtail W. Liner
    On The Right: Airborne Embroidered Fishtail

     

     

     

     

  • Our “Ageless Warrior” The U.S.S. Coral Sea

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    Cockpit USA is proud to introduce the U.S.S. Coral Sea Tribute Deck Jacket in remembrance of the battle that took place in 1942. The Japanese embroidered tour jackets of the 50’s and 60’s inspire our U.S.S. Coral Sea Wool Tour jacket. At the height of Japanese embroidery work, servicemen enjoyed being able to order patches or embroidery for only one jacket, which was not the case back at home in The United States. Beautifully cut, sewn, and embroidered in the USA with back panel that includes patches along sleeves denoting the ports of call for the ship, the U.S.S Coral Sea Tribute Deck Jacket honors the story of the many brave sailors that served proudly on the front lines of the U.S.S Coral Sea. Made in a very dark P-90 military navy wool, our Coral Sea jacket showcases the strength, leadership, and authenticity that is perfect for the everyman who honors legacy and independence.

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    May 8th, 1942 became a pivotal day in the Pacific Theater as it carried out the very first all-carrier battle. Blinded on both sides, the events that occurred during that dark day influenced the defeat of the Japanese empire in the up coming years. “The Battle of The Coral Sea” was the fist of its kind as both parties could not see the other during combat. The number of missed opportunities became evident to the airmen involved as they learned their trade through trial and deadly error. One of the sharpest learning curves in Naval history, the battle of the Corral Sea was a turning point in WWII.

    This four-day World War II conflict marked the first air-sea battle in history. The Japanese were seeking to control the Coral Sea by occupying Port Moresby in southeast New Guinea; this of course never came to fruition due to the interjection of the Allied forces. After landing, the Japanese came under attack from the carrier planes of the American task force commanded by Rear Admiral Frank J. Fletcher. Even though this fierce battle proved to be damaging on both sides; the Allied forces came out on top due to the Japanese’s airplane loss. The loss of airplanes left the Japanese without enough planes to cover the ground attack of Port Moresby, resulting in a strategic Allied victory.

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    The U.S.S. Coral Sea (CV-43) named in commemoration of the historic Battle of the Coral Sea, launched on the 2nd of April 1946, and commissioned on the 1st of October 1947; earned the affectionate nickname “Ageless Warrior” through her long career, in service with the U.S. Navy’s Sixth Fleet and subsequently the Seventh Fleet. In the span of 44 years of service, she has participated in NATO exercises around the world, operations during the Vietnam War, Paris Peace Accords and the Iran Hostage Crisis, in addition to a number of World Cruises and deployments. This resume would explain the ships motto “ Older and Bolder”. On April 26th, 1990. the “Ageless Warrior” was laid to rest. The U.S.S. Coral Sea was decommissioned and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register, eventually scrapped in the year 2000. Today and always, Cockpit USA honors the U.S.S Coral Sea.

     

     

     

  • A Brief History of The Black Cats

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

  • 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.

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    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 Eleven

    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 11, December 20th: Use code DAYELEVEN

    Take 20% off our B-7 Aleutian WWII Sheepskin Parka, U.S. Mountain Trooper Tee, & Limited Edition Shoes.

    Take 20% OFF Cockpit USA's B-7 Aleutian WWII Sheepskin Parka, U.S. Mountain Trooper Tee, & Limited Edition Shoes with code DAYELEVEN on 12/20 Take 20% OFF Cockpit USA's B-7 Aleutian WWII Sheepskin Parka, U.S. Mountain Trooper Tee, & Limited Edition Shoes with code DAYELEVEN on 12/20

    B-7 Aleutian WWII Sheepskin Parka

    The grand B-7 Parka was essential to the protection of pilots and ground crews stationed in the bitterly cold climates of Alaska.

    U.S. Mountain Trooper Tee

    Celebrating the famed 10th Mountain Division “Climb to Glory".

    Limited Edition Shoes

    American made, and specially designed for Cockpit USA using our leathers and military spec canvas.

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

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    Cockpit USA's U.S. Mountain Trooper Tee Cockpit USA's U.S. Mountain Trooper Tee
  • 12 Days of Deals! Day Ten

    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 10, December 19th: Use code DAYTEN

    Take 20% off our Women's B-15 Bomber Jacket, Elite Knit Hooded Sweater, & Brooklyn 1812 Backpack.

    Take 20% off Cockpit USA's Women's B-15 Bomber Jacket, Elite Knit Hooded Sweater, Brooklyn 1812 Backpack with code DAYTEN on 12/19 Take 20% off Cockpit USA's Women's B-15 Bomber Jacket, Elite Knit Hooded Sweater, Brooklyn 1812 Backpack with code DAYTEN on 12/19

    Women's B-15 Bomber Jacket

    Bomber blue, a fashionable take on an iconic jacket. Wear it with a sweater and jeans for a classic, cozy look.

    Elite Knit Hooded Sweater

    A classic weekend staple, rugged and warm, there when you need it.  

    Brooklyn 1812 Backpack

    This simple, classic design was built to last.

    Use code: DAYTEN for 20% off these styles on December, 19th only. Don't miss out!

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    Cockpit USA's unisex Elite Knit Hooded Sweater Cockpit USA's unisex Elite Knit Hooded Sweater
  • 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!

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  • 12 Days of Deals! Day Eight

    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 8, December 17th: Use code DAYEIGHT

    Take 20% off our Aloha Hawaii Souvenir Jacket, 40th Anniversary Flying Tigers Tour Jacket, and Top Gun Carry Bag.

    Take 20% off Cockpit USA's Aloha Hawaii Souvenir Jacket, 40th Anniversary Flying Tigers Tour Jacket, and Top Gun Carry Bag with code: DAYEIGHT on 12/17 Take 20% off Cockpit USA's Aloha Hawaii Souvenir Jacket, 40th Anniversary Flying Tigers Tour Jacket, and Top Gun Carry Bag with code: DAYEIGHT on 12/17

    Aloha Hawaii Souvenir Jacket

    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 home of Pearl Harbor. 

    40th Anniversary Flying Tigers Tour Jacket

    Original design inspired by Chinese artwork representing the Flying Tigers, American Volunteer Group founded in 1941. This jacket will turn heads wherever you go.

    Top Gun Carry Bag 

    An every day utility bag, with the added cool factor of Top Gun.

    Use code: DAYEIGHT for 20% off these styles on December 17th only. Don't miss out!

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    Alicia Keys wearing our 40th Anniversary Flying Tigers Tour Jacket Alicia Keys wearing our 40th Anniversary Flying Tigers Tour Jacket

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