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American Volunteer Group

  • 75th Anniversary AVG Reunion

    Thom Richard P-40 Thom Richard P-40

    Atlanta GA, September 21-25, 2016, Cockpit USA, and the American Airpower museum had the honor of participating in the 75th Anniversary commemoration of the American Volunteer Group (AVG). Two of the three surviving members of the AVG were in attendance, and five P-40’s from around the country gathered to honor the group. With the help of Sponsors Cockpit USA, The American Airpower Museum was able to send their P-40 “Jacky C” from its base In Farmingdale N.Y. to Peachtree DeKalb airport in Georgia.

    Cockpit USA has made it part of it’s core mission to honor the Americans who volunteered to assist China during WWII. Their 23rd Fighter Group Jacket is a tribute to the group deigned to be as close to the original jackets used as possible. Additional Jacket designs have also been used as a way to continue to educate people on the groups fascinating history.

    American Airpower Museum's P-40 American Airpower Museum's P-40

    The American Airpower Museum, maintains their P-40 Warhawk in the original paint scheme of the 23rd AVG Fighter group. The aircraft is seen my school groups, museum visitors, and airshow fans across the Northeast United States.

    For more Cockpit USA styles honoring the American Volunteer Group please see our:

    Flying Tigers Souvenir Trucker JacketAVG Flying Tigers Souvenir Jacket23rd Fighter Group A-2 Flight Jacket

    Thom Richard wearing Cockpit USA's 23rd Fighter Squadron A-2 Thom Richard wearing Cockpit USA's 23rd Fighter Squadron A-2
  • History Class: Flying Tigers 23rd Fighter Group

     

    The iconic figures behind the famous Cockpit USA 23rd Fighter Group jacket, the namesake team of pilots and crew from WWII have a colorful and heroic history yearning to be told. The AVG otherwise known as the American Volunteer Group or The Flying Tigers was the first covert fighting force born out of American desire to accelerate participation in the war against the tyrants of WWII, specifically to help the Chinese defend against the Japanese aggression which was unleashed on their country without opposition. Composed of 100 American Cutlass P.40 fighter planes with pilots and crew secreted from active duty posts and initially transported to Burma in late 1941 just before the attack on Pearl Harbor, by the Japanese in December 1941, these few fliers and their worn out fighter planes stopped the air attack, saving thousands of lives.

    After America's entry into WWII, the AVG was absorbed into the US Army Air Force by July 4 1942, becoming the 23rd Fighter Group of the 14th Air Force. The Cockpit USA 23rd Fighter Group jacket epitomizes the historic group, boasting their original emblem on the front, an antique silver thread bullion China Burma India patch, an appliqué blood chit along with other authentic decorations representative of their unwavering bravery.

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