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  • 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 and Budweiser

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    Amazing things can result from everyone being committed and passionate about the goal. This is what happened when a project that was originally intended to be a single limited edition commemorative jacket, turned into something much more exciting.

    Referencing our original art while working on one of the first of 10 jackets. Referencing our original art while working on one of the first of 10 jackets.

    Cockpit USA created a design to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor. Our intent, to donate the jacket for auction at the Pacific Aviation Museum gala held on December 3rd, 2016 held as part of the weeklong PH75 commemoration. All proceeds would go to the restoration of the Ford Island control tower, and historic Hangar 79, a building that still bears the bullet holes from the Japanese attacks on December 7th, 1941. The “Remember Pearl Harbor” Jacket would be created on our finest example of an original WWII horsehide US Army Air Corps A-2 flight jacket, being a true representation of a WWII nose art piece. That plan changed when representatives from Cockpit USA and Budweiser realized both companies would be supporting the event.

    Hand painting the back of our horsehide A-2. Hand painting the back of our horsehide A-2.

    When Budweiser learned more about the jacket, wheels began to turn, and a concept was created that offered far more breadth than a single jacket. Budweiser commissioned 9 additional jackets creating “the group of 10”. The group of 10 would become a list of people that go to great personal lengths to support our active military and to preserve and support the legacy of our veterans. A group of people whom we wanted to show our appreciation to, and who are all inspirational in their individual ways. The list represented the upper echelon influencers for military and veteran support across the entertainment industry, charitable groups, and industry leaders. All with the common thread of being committed to supporting our troops.

    Flying over Pearl Harbor Flying over Pearl Harbor

    We landed in Hawaii, and went directly to the gala, it was a wonderful event and a honor to have been able to attend. The original jacket donated for the Gala was sold for $4,000.00, 100% of the profits going to help preserve the historical Ford Island hangars and control tower. The people at the Pacific Aviation Museum are doing outstanding work to preserve such an historic site.

    Mike Kennedy, a partner at Cockpit USA, presents Gary Sinise with one of our limited edition hand painted Remember Pearl Harbor A-2s. Mike Kennedy, a partner at Cockpit USA, presents Gary Sinise with one of our limited edition hand painted Remember Pearl Harbor A-2s.

    That evening Cockpit USA and Budweiser were given the opportunity to present a jacket, and offer our appreciation to, Mr. Gary Sinise. Mr. Sinise, the Lt. Dan band, and the “Gary Sinise foundation” have been supporting our troops and veterans for over a decade. The foundation reported that 89.51% of every dollar raised went to support veterans, and got over $14M NET to our veterans in 2015 alone.

    Meeting with Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood Meeting with Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood

    Later that week we presented Mr. Garth Brooks with his very own hand painted 75th Anniversary jacket. Mr. Brooks and his wife, Trisha Yearwood agreed to perform a concert to support the Pearl Harbor 75th. After their shows sold out in a matter of minutes, they added 5 additional shows; they then announced that they would donate 100% of the proceeds to the Pearl Harbor memorials. This is just another example of how Garth Brooks has repeatedly stepped up to support our veterans and their legacy, throughout his career.

    Budweiser & Cockpit USA proudly present... Budweiser & Cockpit USA proudly present...

    In addition to “the group of 10” Budweiser encouraged us to agree to offer 65 additional jackets to the public. This would make the total 75, before we “break the mold”. After much discussion with our painters, we agreed, and are now happy to offer a limited run of this jacket to the public. The support and encouragement from Budweiser not only enabled us as a company to increase our support for the Pearl Harbor memorials, it gave us the opportunity to showcase our own personal commitment to supporting the legacy of the American veteran.

    Cockpit USA's hand-painted "Remember Pearl Harbor" Jacket Cockpit USA's hand-painted "Remember Pearl Harbor" Jacket

    We are happy to be able to offer this hand-painted limited edition "Remember Pearl Harbor" Jacket to you, and would like to thank the people at Budweiser, as well as the group of ten for all they do for our veterans and active military.


    “Budweiser Historical Efforts”

    Anheuser-Busch’s military support dates back to the company’s co-founders. Both Adolphus Busch, and his father-in-law, Eberhard Anheuser, served in the Union Army as members of the Missouri Volunteers during the Civil War.

    During World War I and World War II, the company produced diesel engines for Navy submarines and amphibious recon vehicles for the Army. More than 1,500 employees served and all had jobs when they returned. In addition, the company retooled factories to make gliders and wing assemblies, and donated freight cars for military transport.

    In 1944, employees raised $879,350 in war bonds, enough to purchase two B-17 bombers for the Army Air Corps. The Army named the planes “Miss Budweiser” and “Buschwacker.”

    Anheuser-Busch helped thousands of Americans show support for the troops in 2005 through the “Here’s to the Heroes Tour.” The 28-city national tour allowed visitors to record customized 10- to 30-second messages of support distributed to U.S. troops in more than 177 countries via the American Forces Radio and Television Service.

    More than 5,500 Anheuser-Busch employees have served in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and other military campaigns. Employees currently serving in the U.S. military may resume their jobs at Anheuser-Busch.

    Rick Nechio, Budweiser Director Transit, standing in front of the Ford Island Control Tower. Rick Nechio, Budweiser Director Transit, standing in front of the Ford Island Control Tower.

    “We are honored to have partner with Cockpit USA to commission this limited edition jacket” said Rick Nechio, Budweiser Director Transit

    www.budweiser.com | www.anheuser-busch.com


    "Cockpit USA Historical efforts"

    Cockpit USA has been committed to supporting our active duty military and veteran community from day one. They have used their historical archives and design team to build awareness for extraordinary people such as the Women Air Service Pilots, the Tuskegee Airmen, the Doolittle Raiders, and the American Volunteer Group for over 40 years. We often have the pleasure of being able to replace or replicate veterans favorite issue jacket they no longer have, or even give people the chance to own the flight jacket they always wanted. Cockpit USA’s mission has always been one of education, and connection when it comes to the American Soldier.

    The American Airpower Museum in Farmingdale, Long Island The American Airpower Museum in Farmingdale, Long Island

    Simultaneously, the founders of Cockpit USA, Jeff and Jacky Clyman, set out to create a physical venue to continue that education. Committing an incredible amount of their time and financial support, they founded the American Airpower Museum in Farmingdale, Long Island. The museum hosts numerous events annually to honor historic military events, ceremonies, and remembrances.

    American Airpower Museum Mission:

    “The museum’s strategic mission is the preservation of the legacy of all Americans who have sacrificed themselves to defend our liberties and to educate a new generation regarding the courage, valor and heroism of our nation’s citizen soldiers by presenting the operational aircraft and armor in the museum’s collection and its related displays, exhibits and programs.”

    www.americanairpowermuseum.org

  • Egg Hunt Challenge: April 19 - 20th 2014

    April 19th to 20th, 2014 we are inviting you to take part in our site’s Egg Hunt Challenge. The first 10 people to find the egg hidden on one of our product’s pages will get a free* cardigan of their choosing from our web store.
    To win:
    Email info@cockpitusa.com with the link to the product page containing the egg.
    The first 10 people to send us the link with the egg will receive an email on Monday letting them know they won. We’ll ask you which cardigan you would like from our site and to send us your size and shipping info*.
    Good luck!
    *All winners with a shipping address outside the mainland US will be charged a standard shipping fee. Orders shipped on the mainland US will be shipped free of charge via USPS.

    Find the egg hidden on one of our product pages. The search is from April 19 - 20, 2014. Find the egg hidden on one of our product pages. The search is from April 19 - 20, 2014.
  • Introducing the NEW Cockpit USA Catalog!

    After months of dedication and hard work, it is with pride that we at Cockpit USA introduce the 4th edition of our acclaimed army, air force, and fashion catalog. Designed to embody Cockpit's signature heritage influences and reflect our title as the official suppliers to the U.S. Air Force, the new catalog presents our iconic A-2 and G-1 bombers along with the sleek motocross, textile M-43 and luxury shearling and sheepskin styles in a fresh and easy to access way. Be sure to have a peek and look out for the ‘USS Forrestal Carrier’ which pays homage to the Vietnam war and the capsule of women’s jackets inspired by the famous ‘First Lady of Aviation’ Amelia Earhart!

    Photographed by the talented Theodore Samuels
    Styled and directed by Rudy Gonzales alongside Jeff and Jacky Clyman
  • Happy New Year!

    Everyone at Cockpit USA would like to wish all our customers a happy, healthy and prosperous 2013!

  • We Survived Sandy

    Following the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy last week, we are thankful to report that all at Cockpit USA HQ and the American Airpower Museum are safe, well and back in operation. Although our head office in Manhattan was left in the dark and without power for a week, Sandy’s 80-90 mph gusts and relentless showers did not manage to cause any major damage to the Farmingdale area, leaving the AAM relatively unscathed. Although closed in the interest of safety and with only minor electrical issues, the WWII fleet of aircraft and hangar were all accounted for and unaffected. Grateful for the minimal damage caused, our thoughts at this time are with all those left less fortunate in the wake of the storm and the first responders and volunteers hard at work to get the East Coast back on track.

  • The Quest for Amelia

    With two of our women's leathers named in her honor, this week's news of the potential solving of Amelia Earhart's mystery garnered much interest at Cockpit USA headquarters. 

    After embarking on a pioneering mission to become the first woman to fly around the world, the first lady of skies, along with her navigator Fred Noonan went missing on July 2, 1937. Recognised as a celebrity in the aviation world, news of Earhart's disappearance sent waves of shock and sadness all over the country. Now, new analysis of a photograph of what may be the wreckage of Earhart's plane may help to remove the shroud of mystery surrounding the final events in her life. With support from the U.S. the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery will begin an expedition to the remote island of Nikumaroro in Kiribati in an attempt to piece together what became of America's greatest femaile aviation pioneer. It is reported Discovery channel will film the trip for a special documentary, so keep your eyes peeled... It seems the final chapter in Amelia Earhart's life is yet to be closed.

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