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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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    RAF Aircrew in front of a Hurricane Aircraft 1940 RAF Aircrew in front of a Hurricane Aircraft 1940

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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.

    British bomber crews during a mission in 1942, North Africa British bomber crews during a mission in 1942, North Africa

     

     

     

  • 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 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!

    Cockpit USA's B-7 Aleutian WWII Sheepskin Parka Cockpit USA's B-7 Aleutian WWII Sheepskin Parka

    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!

    Cockpit USA's Women's B-15 Bomber Jacket Cockpit USA's Women's B-15 Bomber Jacket

    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!

    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 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!

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

    Alicia Keys wearing our 40th Anniversary Flying Tigers Tour Jacket Alicia Keys wearing our 40th Anniversary Flying Tigers Tour Jacket
  • 12 Days of Deals! Day Seven

    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 7, December 16th: Use code DAYSEVEN

    Take 20% off our Vintage Leather Naval Officers Coat, Centennial Waffle Knit Sweater, and Pilot's Silk Scarf.

    Take 20% off our Vintage Leather Naval Officers Coat, Centennial Waffle Knit Sweater, and Pilot's Silk Scarf with code DAYSEVEN on 12/16 Take 20% off our Vintage Leather Naval Officers Coat, Centennial Waffle Knit Sweater, and Pilot's Silk Scarf with code DAYSEVEN on 12/16

    Vintage Leather Naval Officers Coat

    Drawing from the rugged design needed by sailors both on above the high seas and below in submarines, the Cockpit USA Vintage Leather Naval Officers Coat has all the modern style of today. This old friend has the look of a jacket that has been with you on every adventure. 

    Centennial Waffle Knit Sweater 

    A staple base layer for militaries throughout history. 

    Pilot’s Silk Scarf

    The required uniform for the romance of the skies. 

    Use code: DAYSEVEN for 20% off these styles on December 16th only. Don't miss out!

    Leonardo DiCaprio wearing our Vintage Leather Naval Officers Coat for Wired Magazine. Leonardo DiCaprio wearing our Vintage Leather Naval Officers Coat for Wired Magazine.

    Cockpit USA's Centennial Waffle Knit Sweater. Cockpit USA's Centennial Waffle Knit Sweater.
  • 12 Days of Deals! Day Six

    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 6, December 15th: Use code DAYSIX

    Take 20% off our Dirt Track Racer Jacket, Motorcycle Cafe Racer Jacket, and Live Free or Die Tee.

    Take 20% off our Dirt Track Racer Jacket, Motorcycle Cafe Racer Jacket, and Live Free or Die Tee on Dec. 15 with code: DAYSIX Take 20% off our Dirt Track Racer Jacket, Motorcycle Cafe Racer Jacket, and Live Free or Die Tee on Dec. 15 with code: DAYSIX

    Dirt Track Racer Jacket

    Patterned after the jackets worn by leather suited dirt bike racers of the 1950’s our Dirt Track Racer has all the features one would expect from a vintage moto racer wrapped into a contemporary fit and made from the most luxurious leather we could find. 

    Women’s Café Racer

    A classic english style biker jacket adopted fully into American fashion, this is a top of the line women’s café racer. 

    Live Free or Die Tee

    A motto dating back to the revolutionary war, and eventually adopted by the great state of New Hampshire. 

    Use code: DAYSIX for 20% off these styles on December 15th only. Don't miss out!

    Cockpit USA's Dirt Track Racer Jacket Cockpit USA's Dirt Track Racer Jacket

    Cockpit USA's Motorcycle Cafe Racer Jacket as seen on Jaimie Alexander in NBC's Blindspot. Cockpit USA's Motorcycle Cafe Racer Jacket as seen on Jaimie Alexander in NBC's Blindspot.
  • 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
  • 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!

    Cockpit USA's 100 Mission A-2 Pilot's Jacket Cockpit USA's 100 Mission A-2 Pilot's Jacket

    Cockpit USA's Buy American Tee as seen on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Cockpit USA's Buy American Tee as seen on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger

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