President Obama was seen wearing our 21st Century A-2 Flight Jacket, like the one we make for the US Air Force, while visiting troops in Afghanistan for Memorial Day Weekend. The President is wearing his A-2 with perfect, classic style–with khakis and a button up.
Duluth Timber Company is pleased to again be involved in reclaiming timbers from an historic piece of American industrial infrastructure, this time Boeing Plant 2 in Seattle. Playing a crucial role in World War II, Boeing Plant 2 produced and let fly nearly 7,000 B-17 Flying Fortresses. It built-out at 1.7 million square feet. It was one of the first modern assembly lines. “The plant employed as many as 30,000 people working three shifts to churn out bombers in staggering numbers — up to 362 a month.” (“Wrecking Ball Looms...” Seattle Times 1/13/10) War SecretsSecrecy of the plant was so crucial during the war that Boeing built houses of plywood and fabric and installed fake streets to camouflage the roof. John Detlie, a Hollywood art director and first husband of actress Veronica Lake, helped blend the facility into the surrounding neighborhood. The fake housing development covered nearly 26 acres with netting, plywood and other material.
The Cockpit USA, CPT branded D.I. style shirt will not only gain you respect, it is also the best fitting casual or official military looking shirt you will find anywhere.
Inspired by shirts worn by officers and Drill Instructor Senior Sargeants in years gone by, the shirt gained the nick name "D.I." shirt.
The D.I. shirt sports all the features of the originals dating back to World War II. Two chest button flap pockets and shoulder epaulets measured to original specifications.
From the tailored rugged military poplin fabrics commanding authority to a variety of '60s "happy days" plaids, this is the one shirt your girlfriend or significant other will want to pry off you. By the end of the week after multiple wearings, it will really need to see the washer.
Easily cared for in machine washable fine 100% cottons, you'll never want to take this puppy off. It feels and fits sooooo well.
We decided to make the "D.I" in olives and blacks in a file weave cotton that shows age without wear. For Spring and Summer fun, we've put some stripes and plaids in the mix - a soft tender feeling but durable flat weave cotton that lets the shirt breath while giving the appearance of the original form fit without the restrictions of the actual Army or Marine Corps item. A long sleeved shirt for all occasions, all states of mind...
It took me a long time to find exactly the right contour and arm hole fit to match what the most fashion conscious would even consider in such a straight laced shirt. All this while also accomodating the customer who really wants to relive those early bonding days with the guys in his or her first training platoon.
Don't get me wrong, these shirts in stiff vintage military fabrics were actually worn in combat so they are great for domestic spats! Just put one on and PEACE will regin.
Enjoy the history blended into contemporary style!
Find it at the Cockpit Store in NOHO at 652 Broadway or on our web site: www.cockpitusa.com
Keep 'em flying!
I am such a fan of what Ralph Lauren has created in his vision of Double RL! The store has the perfect ambiance and the clothes are either really authentic vintage iconic pieces or designated to look really authentic!
It was a pleasure to work with Ralph Lauren when he called me in 1978 to manufacture and design his first A-2 style leather jacket. We were both perfectionists sharing the same values about the significance of iconic clothing and its inspiration to clothing design around the world.
Little did I know that eight years after my design and manufacturing experience with Ralph Lauren, I would end up producing the REAL A-2 leather jackets for the United States Air Force. My company would be the prime mover in 1986 working with F-16 Thunderbird Pilot Lt. Colonel "Hoss" Jones, the lead contact to the Airforce Joint Chiefs and the Uniform Board, who would be instrumental in getting the U.S. Air Force to re-adopt the leather A-2 as regulation uniform wear as it had been from 1931 to the end of WWII.
I was a perfectionist myself as well as a Warbird pilot who actually flew and flies WWII fighters (P51 Mustangs, P-40 Warhawks, Navy and Marine Corps F4U Corsairs and Airforce P-47's) in air shows.
We are fortunate enough to be able to offer authentic versions MADE IN THE USA to the General Public through our company, Cockpit USA Inc. website, our retail Cockpit General Store at 652 Broadway in New York City and in our printed mailorder Cockpit USA Catalog.
Made of supple government specification seal brown goatskins, the authentic currect issue A-2 jacket is second to none - Style Z21V41 has all the features of the U.S. Air Force jacket except (unless specially requested) special Velcro patches which the Air Force pilots use to display their rating and their rank and unit identification or squadron insignias...and sometime just sport their "call sign" or nickname like: "Maverick", "Iceman", "Goose" or "Razor" on a custom embroidered name patch.
Today's A-2 has side and top entry pockets so there is actually somewhere to put your hands instead of the top entry pockets of the WWII versions (see later blogs).
But don't just read this, SEE this 20th century piece of "Revival"TM clothing in our catalogs or on our website: www.cockpitusa.com. Once you put it on you will be scouring the streets of Tribeca in NYC, the Vista in Columbia South Carolina or the slopes in Colorado looking for that P-51 Mustang fighter to strap on and take to the skies. This is the jacket our fighter pilots wear today! It's living history...
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