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American Made

  • Joint Forces With Dana Glaeser, founder of Slightly Alabama

    I first learned of Cockpit USA while in Florence, Italy for the Pitti Uomo men’s show where Cockpit and I were both showing our brands as a party of Liberty Fairs’ Born in the USA section. I met Jacky and Jeff and we quickly became friends. I fell in love with the quality and style of the brand and own several pieces myself. When I opened my store in the summer of 2018, I knew I wanted to carry Cockpit USA, which has done quite well with our local customers.

    Dana Glaeser wearing his Moto Vest. Find out more HERE

    The idea of collaborating with Cockpit USA on the Moto Vest came from a personal need to have the ideal leather motorcycle vest for myself and my friends who ride. With their expertise in design and manufacturing, I knew Cockpit would be the ideal collaborator. I couldn’t be happier with how the vest came out and look forward to seeing it on motorcycle riders around the city.

    Written by: Dana Glaeser

    About The Moto Vest

    Written and photographed by: Harlam Rodriguez

    Cockpit USA x Slightly Alabama's Moto Vest is designed for and by motorcycle riders. The made in USA vest uses the finest deer tanned calfskin leather and includes all the features necessary for the everyday motorcycle rider's needs. Features include:

    • Two front chest pockets deep enough for a cell phone or wallet.
    • Additional slit-pocket on the upper left chest for easy access to store headphones, or sunglasses.
    • Two interior pockets, one horizontal, the other vertical for secure carry needs.
    • Zip open access linning for storage or easy access to the leather's shell for customization.
    Featuring front pockets with side entry zip, two front chest pockets, additional slit-pocket on the upper left chest for sunglasses or headphones.
    Inner pockets for secure concealed carry needs, and a lining with zip open access to the leather jacket's shell for easy customization or storage.

    The Slightly Alabama retail store in NYC carries a collection of Cockpit USA items hand-selected by Dana himself. Items like the Vintage Roughneck Oil Driller, M-65 Field Jacket, Authentic MA-1 Bomber Jacket, and the Wool Lined WWII American Tanker Jacket are some of the many interesting pieces found at the Slightly Alabama store located at 350 Bleecker Street (corner store) NYC; shop the look here.

     

     

  • Cockpit USA Returns to New York Men's Fashion Week

    New York Men's Day/ Fashion Week Fall/Winter Presentation

    Kicking off NYFW, Cockpit USA released a hand-selected capsule of their upcoming F/W 2019 collection at the CFDA approved New York Men's Day. Located at 55 Water St. in downtown New York. Here's a sneak peek of what's to come from such a wonderful event celebrating the creativity of some of the biggest names in fashion.

    The Cockpit USA Fall/Winter presentation showcased an avant-garde take on the brand's most iconic military design: a traditional N3B Long Parka style in a warm "ranch" russet sheepskin and a striking leatherized sheepskin flight suit,  both within the company's traditional DNA.

     

    A hybrid take on a historical tanker jacket, in heavy, motorcycle cowhide leather boasting fireman's clasps hardware closures. Other standout pieces included a wax coated waterproof parka in stark glacial white and a new take on the military nylon N2B short leather hooded bomber jacket in slick heavy-duty goatskin trimmed coyote fur to ward off the show.

     

    Since 1975, Cockpit USA continues to take pride in preserving American History by telling stories through the design of their garments, honoring those who have, and continue to fight for our country. Cockpit USA outfitted their F/W 2019 Collection items on servicemen of the US Military both active and off duty.

    Benjamin Steele, Marine Corps
    Kyle Spellacy, US Army
    Everet Weston, US Army Veteran

    Government contractor since 1980, Cockpit USA features but is not limited to WWII military jackets. Introducing Iconic styles in modern, yet functional designs that are deeply rooted in history.

    Presenting to just to the right of Cockpit USA, the brand Krammer & Stoudt, debuted the Humphrey jacket; a hybrid collaboration designed by the brand’s creator Mike Rubenstein and Cockpit USA's president, Jeff Clyman.

    The Humphrey Jacket

    Attendance was in full swing with favorite faces such as; Eric Rutherford, Tom Bull, and actor Billy Porter.

    Tom Bull and Eric Rutherford

    "We don't consider ourselves a 'fashion brand', but we are an authentic brand that is fashionable." Says Jacky Clyman, EVP of  Cockpit USA. The presentation was curated and styled by Cockpit USA's Rudy Gonzales, and also included accessories and highlights provided by Slightly Alabama and Allen Edmonds with whom Cockpit USA is collaborating in the "Artisans of Freedom" made in USA project. Stay tuned for the launch of these amazing styles just in time for the next big chill.

    Models from left to right: Sonny Dang, Amir Kureshi, Andrew Mark, Everett Weston, Kyle Spellacy, and Benjamin Steele. Curator and stylist Rudy Gonzales and Cockpit USA owners Jacky and Jeff Clyman

    Special thanks to:

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  • Celebrating the heroic life of John "Jack" Lyle, one of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen

    John “Jack” Lyle next to his fighter jet named after his first wife Natalie during WWII.

    “I don’t consider myself a hero because a hero is somebody who does something beyond the call of duty, I never did anything beyond the call of duty, whatever I did I did because I liked it” Fox News Channel May 4th 2018

    On this Black History Month Cockpit USA pays honor to one of the last surviving heroes of the iconic Tuskegee Airmen group of WWII. The Tuskegee Airmen were a group of black soldiers that defied expectations in a segregated military during a time when it was believed African-Americans couldn’t be trained in aviation. Their bravery and contributions helped promote inclusion in the advancement of the United States military.

    Photo of Tuskegee Airmen During WWII

    John “Jack” Lyle died on January 5th, 2019 at 98 years old in his home in the Chicago South Side. Lyle was a child musician, fighter pilot, cop, a sailor, an entrepreneur, and an amateur inventor. His wife Eunice Jackson-Lyle described him as an individual who loved to learn; “his home had a library stocked with encyclopedias and classic novels”. During his last days, Lyle spent his time at the Jackson Park Harbor on Lake Michigan, a perfect location for one of his many passions, sailing.

    “Captain Jack” as he was called by many loved ones was a highly skilled fighter pilot, "We flew 500 feet above the bombers to keep enemy fighters from hitting our guys," he recalled in a 2012 interview with Jet Magazine. "I loved flying, being up in the clouds, the scenery. I flew 26 combat missions, from southern Italy to Austria and southern Germany, over the Austrian Alps." Lyle also mentioned in the interview on how he was fired upon on several times and how he watched at first-hand other bombers being torn apart by the enemy. After the war, Lyle returned to his hometown of Chicago where he enlisted in college to then work as a skyscraper window washer. Lyle found other ventures after window washing; he worked as an insurance salesman to then owning his own fish and chicken restaurant and eventually a tree cutting service company.

    John "Captain Jack" Lyle, at his Chicago home, Friday, Dec. 2, 2011. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune)

    Lyle’s childhood dream came true in 1957 when he bought his first sailboat. The freedom he felt on the water fulfilled his competitive spirit. His intelligence and pilot experience made him an outstanding sailor, as he was quick to respond to any wind changes upon the horizon. The many years of practice paid off and Lyle eventually became a captain at the Jackson Park Yacht Club. Lyle's focus and love of sailing awarded him the title of  “Yachtsperson of the Year” by the Chicago Yachting Association at the age of 91, becoming the eldest person to receive the honor.

     

    John Lyle on Lake Michigan 2018

    With all of these recognitions none compare to the Congressional Gold Medal bestowed by then president George W. Bush in 2007, which acknowledge Lyle’s achievements and bravery during WWII. All of these milestones never deterred Lyle’s humbleness as he never considered that what he did was award-worthy.

    U.S. Capitol. Arrival. Greeted by Speaker Nancy Pelosi in Statuary Hall. Photo opportunity with 300 Tuskegee Airmen prior to Ceremony.

    Today we pay respect an honor the legacy of an American champion. Surviving though his wife and three children, John “Captain Jack” Lyle is part of history. Lyle and many other men during WWII risked their lives to ensure that our freedoms at home were protected during a time of adversity. His service and the service of all Tuskegee Airmen is an important piece of the Civil Rights Movement that influenced unity within the military. Here’s to a man who lived to be free in the skies and on the water, rest in peace John “Captain Jack” Lyle.

  • From Sails to jets and Beyond...

    The Continental US Navy was founded in Philadelphia on October 13th, 1775 when the Second Continental Congress passed a resolution creating one of the cornerstones for the expansion of the United States into a global power. But it is the town of Whitehall in New York State, a town founded by a British Army Captain in 1759, that claims the honor of creating the first fighting ships known as the Valcour fleet. These ships sailed on Lake Champlain under the direction of General Arnold against the British Navy. Although they did not win the fight in 1776, the fleet stopped the British Naval efforts to invade the northern colonies via Lake Champlain, a major trading route southward from British controlled Canada.

    From left to right: Portrait of General Benedict Arnold, and a painting depicting the Battle of Valcour Island. (Painting: National Archives of Canada)
    A 1781 painting of John Paul Jones by Charles Willson Peale

    Generally recognized as one of the first heroes of our Continental Navy was a Scotsman named John Paul, who cleverly later added the “Jones” to his name in order to avoid un-pleasantries in England due to bad behavior. Nevertheless, John Paul Jones became a notable naval hero of the American Revolution wreaking havoc on the British Royal Navy with his small fleet of ships operating in European waters ultimately contributing to the American victory.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Aircraft from Carrier Air Wing 7 fly over USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.

    Fast forward to our present-day Navy, whose backbone of might is based on aircraft carriers, airpower, nuclear submarines, and a relatively small fleet of surface warfare ships equipped with enough sophisticated power to “encourage” entire unfriendly nations into diplomatic agreements. The aircraft carrier became preeminent in WWII from 1942 to 1945 and the Navy combat pilots, deck crews and seaman became our heroes for generations.

    Tom Cruise wearing the "Top Gun" jacket next to Kelly McGillis

    The Navy pilots flew with leather flight jackets since the late 1920s as well as Bedford cord cotton flight jackets. The G-1 iconic flight jacket, originally called the M-422, was part of the pilot’s uniform since the mid- 1930s. Their leather jackets were decorated with squadron emblems and hand painted images, classically portrayed in many movies including the iconic1986 feature film “Top Gun” which became a worldwide symbol of carrier-based air power: Navy Jets, sailors, and pilots who flew in harm’s way recalling another era of the adventurous events of the sailing ships in combat during the American Revolution.

     

     

     

     

    The symbol of the legendary quality of iron men and wooden ships translated into the nuclear-powered aircraft carriers of today along with the nostalgic and historic US Navy Pilot’s leather flight jacket has transcended USN history into an important and sought-after element of American culture. With guns, missiles, and lasers from high seas to high skies, the US Navy has a heck of a 243-year legacy.

  • 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.

  • The Fishtail Parka

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

    Roads leaving to the Chosin Reservoir Roads leaving to the Chosin Reservoir

    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.

    Rigorous Winter over the Chosin Reservoir Rigorous Winter over the Chosin Reservoir

    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.

    London 1960's The Fishtail Parka becomes a fashion staple in the streets of London during the 1960's

    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.

     

     

     

     

  • 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 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!

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    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 One

    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 1, December 10th: Use code DAYONE

    Today only take 20% OFF our Surge Coat, Navy Officers Overnight Bag, and 1941 Officers Crush Cap.

    Use code: DAYONE for 20% off our Surge Coat, Navy Officers Overnight Bag, and 1941 Officers Crush Cap on Dec. 10. Use code: DAYONE for 20% off our Surge Coat, Navy Officers Overnight Bag, and 1941 Officers Crush Cap on Dec. 10.

    The Surge Coat

    Often referred to as the “officers overcoat” this classic style dates back to the late 19th century. We have added a large shearling collar for both added warmth in the winter months, and an air of timeless sophistication. The Surge coat is as comfortable over a suit, as with a comfy sweater, and dark jeans.

    Navy Officers Overnight Bag

    The perfect overnight bag, this elegant but functional bag features a built in iPad case, large separated interior pocket, and rugged reinforced heavy cotton canvas design.

    1941 Officers Crush Cap

    By removing the inside support ring from the cap pilots could fit earphones on top of their cap; creating the nickname “crush cap”. The perfect gift for any aviation fan.

    Use code: DAYONE for 20% off these styles on December, 10th only. Don't miss out!

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    Cockpit USA's Navy Officers Overnight Bag in Navy. Cockpit USA's Navy Officers Overnight Bag in Navy.

     

     

     

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