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A2

  • An Air Force Second-To-None

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

  • Cockpit for Christmas: WWII Government Issue A-2 Jacket

    The festive season is here! What better way to show a loved one your love than with a truly iconic jacket. As worn by the iconic General MacArthur, this authentic reproduction of the WWII Government Issue A-2 is a jacket an heirloom piece that can be passed down through the generations. Approved for issue to pilots in 1930, the historical specifications detailed horsehide as the leather of choice. Staying as true as possible to the original, Cockpit USA have recreated this A2 using hardy, military grade horsehide. With natural features in the outer shell such as natural creasing, folds and surface graining, there's no end to the authenticity of this garment. Nothing will say 'Happy Holidays' better!

  • Another Satisfied Customer: U.S.A.F FIRST REISSUE A-2

    "Being a former Marine aviator I always thought the A2 was a nicer looking jacket than the G-1 I was issued. I bought one of these from Cockpit USA and if it isn't better than the issue A2 I would be amazed. I bought a size too big but it still looks better than the very expensive repros and is better made than my old G-1."

    - R. Baker

  • Another Satisfied Customer: The Iconic A2 Jacket

    "Having been in aviation for 40 yrs, I've seen and owned my fair share of A2's. After a thorough search for a new one, I finally decided upon Cockpit USA. Well, since I received my new A2 I have worn it every day! The quality of the jacket, in terms of fit, quality of material and workmanship, has exceeded my expectations in every way. Additionally, the staff at Cockpit USA were completely professional and made it a pleasure to do business with them. If you are in the market for an authentic jacket, order from these guys. You won't be disappointed."

    - Cliff

     

  • Pop-Up Archive Exhibit: Military’s Influence on Fashion

    Pop-Up Archive Exhibit

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    Cockpit USA- transforms its NY General Store into a Military Fashion archive; paying homage to American history and its impact on fashion from yester years to today. With 35 years in the business, founder Jeff Clyman of Cockpit USA, is offering a sneak peek into his personal closet- a collection of memorabilia, vintage clothing, and utilitarian garments.

    DATES:
    September 10th (FASHION NIGHT OUT) – September 24th 2010

    EXPERIENCE:
    Before entering the exhibit each visitor receives a pilot’s license experience a pilot’s perspective of military apparel. After an exciting walk through military fashion each visitor is given a brief biography on the historic endeavors of the pilot they assumed the role of.

    Special Thanks to Paul Zansler for gallery concept design.

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