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Aviation Jacket

  • 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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    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.

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  • Jacky Clyman on International Women's Day

    This month we observe International Women's Day on March 8th and we would like to spotlight someone near and dear to us, our Vice President Jacky Clyman. Jacky is an inspiration to many that work at Cockpit USA and a role model to women who are veterans in the workforce as well as those starting their journey. We recently asked Jacky a couple of questions during her never ending day, and found her story to be one of passion, focus, and defiance.

    Photo Taken by Jürgen Frank Image of Jacky Clyman Photographed by Jürgen Frank while wearing the Vintage Walking Out Coat

     

    Jacky Clyman is known to her family and colleagues not only as a devoted mother and EVP of Cockpit USA but most importantly a strong businesswoman who is a true force to be reckoned with. Prior to joining her husband’s vision of launching a brand that would replicate historical flight and military styles, Jacky worked as an Executive Director of Pro Musicis, a not-for profit foundation sponsoring outstanding classical soloists and bringing their talents to those who would have very little chance to hear them. “While I was working as the Executive Director of Pro Musicis, my husband Jeff decided to launch a brand that would recreate all of the iconic flight and military styles that were only available at that time in surplus stores. Remember that the A-2 jacket, for example, had not been issued since 1943. It was also during the turmoil of the Vietnam War, when Americans were feeling that the whole world thought poorly of them, that Jeff wanted to create “real American icons” and remember those who fought and wore these pieces. Thus was born the first mail order catalog for the brand”. Jacky decided to leave the non for profit world, joining forces with Jeff Clyman to fulfill their vision of what is now Cockpit USA, quoting that she would be the “administrative” arm of the business.

     

     

    Jacky Clyman’s venture into the apparel business began out of passion for aviation. Being an “Air Force brat”, Jacky understood the pilot and military lifestyle that ultimately became the business module that is Cockpit USA. Throughout the years Jacky confronted challenges of being an entrepreneur, especially as a woman. “Learning how to work with foreign customers whose language I did not master was one of my fondest memories” said the multi-lingual woman who’s first job was as an interpreter for the U.S. State Department. “While in negotiations with a Japanese company for a whole day thinking we were on the verge of signing an agreement, only to realize that what I had been interpreting as acceptance of “terms” was just an acknowledgement that they had understood what I had been saying, not formally agreeing to it”. These are just some of experiences that shaped Jacky’s career.

     

    For Jacky, the apparel business is no different than any other sector as it always involves politics and egos. “Telling men what to do especially when I was in my 30’s, realizing that a woman in a position of power was considered a ‘bitch on wheels’ while a man would simply be considered assertive” became one of the obstacles Jacky had to face in 42 years in the industry. According to Jacky through many changes have advanced women in the work place, the one thing that has not changed has been the perception of others while entering the room with Cockpit USA’s president Jeff Clyman; and still being considered the designer and not the administrative arm. Today Jacky remains a strong figure in the business aspects of Cockpit USA, providing her employees with support and feedback in design, sales, and marketing, as well as superb customer service. When asking Jacky what she would say to young women joining the workforce today she simply said “I wouldn’t just give advise to young women but to all women joining the business: it’s a tough business and a real roller coaster, so be prepared for it”.

     

     

  • 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.

     

     

     

     

  • A Brief History of The Black Cats

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    Imagine flying closely over the dangerous waters of the South Pacific during WWII, hiding in the darkness of the night from enemy ships. These nighttime operations referred to as “Black Cat” or “Nightmare” missions will soon become your specialty, earning you the nickname “Black Cat”. These nocturnal missions gave the PBY airmen their fame in the early years of the 1940’s. Painted matte black, effective and creative in its late night stealth missions, the PBY aircraft became the first of its kind.

    The name “Black Cats”, adopted on October 30TH 1942, by the PBY aircraft stealth missions over the waters of the South Pacific, became one of the most important squadron names in U.S history. The PBY is considered to be the savior, hunter, aggressor, and supplier of the Pacific theatre during World War II. Though this heavy and slow flying aircraft was considered to be an easy target, the black matte paint turned this giant into an invisible nighttime predator. Equipped with torpedoes weighing more than two thousand pounds each, the PBY had to be precise to hit their targets during the dead of night. Extremely dangerous, but highly effective, these missions lead to shipboard Catalina crews receiving scores of commendations.

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    The first official Black Cat squadron was VP-12, which operated PBY-5As, an amphibious version of the PBY that could land on water or on a runway with conventional landing gear. Formerly VP-24, VP-12 was re-designated on August 1st 1941 and stationed at NAS Ford Island, Pearl Harbor. On December 7, 1941 most of the fleet were on a training exercise when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. A majority of their fleet managed to escape undamaged, but the hangars of VP-21 and VP-22 were ruined. Fueled by patriotism to defend their country, VP-12 was transferred to NAS Kaneohe and patrolled the waters around Hawaii as well as sending detachments to Midway Island. Their attacks and rescue missions patrolling the South Pacific waters around Guadalcanal would lead to their legacy.

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    Cockpit USA is proud to commemorate the history of the Black Cat squadron by introducing six iconic items that pay homage to the bravery of the aircrew men that served during WWII. We are offering three Black Cats t-shirts that shine light on the incredible aircrew of the VPB-24, VPB-71, and the VP-44 using the squadron logos, as well as our VP-44 baseball cap. Our VP12 Black Cats N4 Aircrew Deck Jacket commemorates the VP12 squadron, the first squadron that ventured into New Guinea and the Solomon Island airspace. Lastly, our hand treated goatskin Black Eagle leather G-1 bomber jacket honoring the missions of the VPB-71. Legendary, powerful, and one of a kind; the Black Cats were at the forefront of ingenuity and precision.

  • Golf Legend Jack Nicklaus presented with Folds of Honor commissioned Cockpit USA Jacket

    Maj. Dan Rooney alongside PGA President Peter Bevacqua presented Golf Legend and 18 time champion, Jack “The Golden Bear” Nicklaus with a first edition hand painted Folds of Honor/Cockpit USA “Freedom isn’t Free” A-2 leather flight jacket. Maj. Dan Rooney alongside PGA President Peter Bevacqua presented Golf Legend and 18 time champion, Jack “The Golden Bear” Nicklaus with a first edition hand painted Folds of Honor/Cockpit USA “Freedom isn’t Free” A-2 leather flight jacket.

    Today Cockpit USA is excited to announce its collaboration with the incredible people at the Folds of Honor charitable foundation in support of our nations veterans and their families. Earlier this morning on TVs Fox and Friends cable news program live from PGA Headquarters in Florida Maj. Dan Rooney, founder and CEO of Folds of Honor, alongside PGA CEO Peter Bevacqua, presented Golf Legend and 18 time champion, Jack “The Golden Bear” Nicklaus the first edition of the hand painted Folds of Honor/Cockpit USA “Freedom isn’t Free” A-2 leather flight jacket. This first jacket, donated by Cockpit USA, was presented in recognition of Mr. Nicklaus’ steadfast support for the foundations upcoming Patriot Golf Day and fundraising campaign. This Jacket marks the beginning in a series of Cockpit USA special edition jackets for Folds of Honor to recognize those who have dedicated themselves to supporting our nations veterans and their families. Cockpit USA is truly honored and proud to support the Folds of Honor, and the upcoming Patriot Golf Day.

    The story behind this jacket’s creation is just as interesting as the jacket itself. Beginning in early summer 2017 Maj. Dan Rooney, FOH founder and CEO, and Maj. Scott Clyman, Cockpit USA Partner and son of Cockpit founders Jeff and Jacky Clyman, were introduced and began a collaboration to design a special jacket to be presented to those who have selflessly dedicated both time, and financial support to Folds of Honor and its mission. Both Dan and Scott are combat veteran F-16 pilots, who better to have collaborated on such a project than those that have served themselves. Watching two veterans work together to create a token of appreciation to the many people who selflessly have made a difference in a veteran, or veterans families life has been inspirational to all of us here at Cockpit USA.

    Rough sketch, mock up, and blocked out jacket ready for the next coat of paint. Rough sketch, mock up, and blocked out jacket ready for the next coat of paint.

    The Folds of Honor X Cockpit USA “Freedom Isn’t Free” jacket will become part of the Folds of Honor culture, being presented to major supporters of the foundation, and becoming a symbol of their patriotism. We look forward to many more presentations to the committed supporters of this great foundation.

    The finished hand painted Folds of Honor/Cockpit USA “Freedom isn’t Free” A-2 leather flight jacket The finished hand painted Folds of Honor/Cockpit USA “Freedom isn’t Free” A-2 leather flight jacket

    With the motto, “Honor their Sacrifice, Educate their Legacy”, Folds of Honor has committed themselves to changing the future of the grieving spouses and children of fallen American servicemen and women. Since 2007, Patriot Golf Day has raised over $38M, and awarded 7,000 scholarships to veteran families, FOH has given over 16,000 scholarships since being founded. Their Patriot Golf Day campaign held on Labor Day weekend raised $6.1M last year alone. Maj. Dan Rooney a PGA professional himself, has combined his time in the military, with his career in the PGA to provide educational support to our American veteran families.

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    Cockpit USA has always been and will continue be, a supporter of our American armed service men, women, and families. Working with Folds of Honor has been a fantastic experience, and an honor to participate in their educational support. Driven, patriotic people doing what they can, whatever they can aligns well with the core of our brand.

    Maj. Dan Rooney of Folds of Honor, and Maj. Scott Clyman of Cockpit USA, both USAF veteran F-16 pilots Maj. Dan Rooney of Folds of Honor, and Maj. Scott Clyman of Cockpit USA, both USAF veteran F-16 pilots.
  • INSTAGRAM CONTEST: Win our Movie Heroes G-1

    ­­ENTER for your chance to win a Cockpit USA Movie Heroes Top Gun Jacket.

    Enter to win a Cockpit USA Movie Heroes Top Gun G-1 Flight Jacket Enter to win a Cockpit USA Movie Heroes Top Gun G-1 Flight Jacket

    To enter take a great picture of yourself in your movie hero costume and upload it to Instagram with the #CockpitMovieHeroes and @cockpitusa in the caption.

    Your movie hero costume can be of any hero in a movie. Some of our favorite examples are: Maverick from Top Gun, Rocky Balboa, Indiana Jones, Wardaddy from Fury, etc.

    Our team at Cockpit USA will pick the winner, who will be announced on Wednesday, November 2, 2016. The winner’s photo will be shared on Cockpit USA’s Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

    The contest begins October 29, 2016 at 12:00am EST and will end on Monday, October 31, 2016 at 11:59pm EST.

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    Images must be uploaded to Instagram with #CockpitMovieHeroes and @cockpitusa in the caption to be entered to win. No picture can be entered more than once, and the original image must be of the Instagram account holder. Judging will be based on the creativeness of the movie hero costume and the quality of the image uploaded. Must be 18 years or older to enter. No purchase necessary.

    In review:

    1 – Take a picture in your movie hero costume

    2 – Upload your picture to Instagram

    3 – Caption your picture with #CockpitMovieHeroes and @cockpitusa

    4 – Share your image on Instagram

    5 – Follow us on Instagram

    6 – Have fun!

  • 75th Anniversary AVG Reunion

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    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.

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    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

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  • 12 Days of Cockpit Christmas

    Cockpit USA is here to help you find the perfect gift for the special people in your life. With 12 Days of Cockpit Christmas. We have the ideal gift for him, her, the kids, or yourself this holiday season. Give them a gift that will last decades, and memories that will last a lifetime.

    A-2 Sweater Jacket Inspired by the iconic US Army Air Force jacket, the A-2, this military inspired wool knit has rugged distressed goatskin leather sleeves and pocket detail with the body fashioned from black Italian sweater knit for cozy and comfortable wearing on those cool fall and early winter days and nights.

    First Day: A-2 Sweater Jacket (Style # Z28S004)
    The iconic US Army Air Force jacket with a cozy twist; a sweater knit body & rugged leather details. The ideal gift for a modern man who wants to stand out from the crowd while looking classic and clean cut. It’s perfect for riding down the road on your motorcycle or reading a book outside at your favorite park.

    Harriet Hooded Jacket It’s heather, it’s sweater, it’s tradition, it’s Italian knitted wool with vintage soft leather sleeves.

    Second Day: Harriet Hooded Jacket (Style # W28S001B)
    It’s hooded, it’s snuggly, it’s hip, and it fits like a glove. Made for her to layer and to wear in the fall and winter, this warm hooded sweater is ideal for lounging around the house or going out for a stroll. Crafted from Italian knitted wool with vintage soft leather sleeves for that extra soft feeling that those chilly days need.

    Maverick Varsity Jacket Join the Cockpit USA Top Gun Varsity Award Squad in our cool movie hero varsity. This limited edition jacket is crafted of black melton wool with rich glove touch leather sleeves giving this jacket a military feel with an athletic twist.

    Third Day: Maverick Varsity Jacket (Style # Z28P018)
    Join the Cockpit USA Top Gun Varsity Award Squad in our cool movie hero varsity. This limited edition jacket is crafted of black melton wool with rich glove touch leather sleeves giving this jacket a military feel with an athletic twist. The Maverick Varsity Jacket is perfect for the guy who is on the look out for adventure and not afraid to go the distance.

    Kids Top Gun G-1 Jacket ollowing its years of success with the adult top gun, Cockpit USA is launching an exclusive children's version of the G-1. With miniature sized patches making this such a gem in real leather with a poly filled Cockpit USA "map" lining.

    Fourth Day: Kids Top Gun Navy G-1 Jacket (Style # K201036I)
    Now your little co-pilot can be the hero of the playground. Our Kids Top Gun Navy G-1 Jacket is a miniature version of the classic jacket from the movie Top Gun. All your little flyer will need is a pair of aviators to go with his jacket and they’ll be the coolest kid in school.

    Distressed B-3 Bag Our Distressed B-3 Bag is inspired by the B-3 Shearling jackets wore by pilots in cold temperatures.

    Fifth Day: Distressed B-3 Bag (Style # Z91S001)
    Luxury meets classic style with the Distressed B-3 Bag. Crafted from distressed shearling leather with the wool inside, to make it nice and cozy, and a removable leather iPad case.

    Elite Knit Hooded Sweater This great alternative to your everyday hoodie is a great layer piece made of using a 2 tones cotton-wool knit. The contrasting colors come through the knit and features exposed seams, raw edges on the two front pockets, and elbow patches.

    Sixth Day: Elite Knit Hooded Sweater (Style # Z66M002)
    Watching the game has never been warmer. A great alternative to your everyday hoodie, the Elite Knit Hooded Sweater features raw edges and contrasting colors for a rugged, rustic look. Be warned, your girlfriend will steal this from your closet.

    Barnstormers Hat Originally created by WWI aces such as Red Baron, our Barnstormers Hat is patterned after the original flight helmets worn by open cockpit pilots in during the1920’s and 1930’s.

    Seventh Day: Barnstormers Hat (Style # Z99E002)
    Keep your ears warm while having a snowball fight or flying your plane in our Barnstormers Hat. Worn by WWI aces like the Red Baron and the hippest dog, Snoopy, this hat is the classic look for your adventurer. This gift will keep him warm and stylish in the cold winter months.

    Authentic MA-1 Jacket Worn by various armed forces and originally adapted by the U.S. Air Force in 1960s. This iconic nylon jacket was also used in the 1980’s by U.S. Army helicopter crews and is known as the “Nylon Pilot’s Jacket”.

    Eighth Day: Authentic MA-1 Jacket (Style # Z24J011D)
    For the rebel in your life, we suggest our Authentic MA-1 Jacket. Designed in nylon flight satin boasting a bright orange lining for survival purposes; pilots would turn the jacket inside out to make them visible to rescue crews. Your explorer will be warm and prepared for whatever journeys they take on.

    Big Plans Tuskegee Tee Our Big Plans Tuskegee Tee is a salute to the Tuskegee Airmen for their bravery and skills in battle. Screen printed on 100% ring spun cotton.

    Ninth Day: T-Shirts (Style # Z12S017D pictured)
    Perfect for him or her, our t-shirts make a great stocking stuffer. Any aviation fan will rave over these super soft, sleek tees. Great for the history buff and the flying fanatics in your life, these tees are a guaranteed hit.

    "B-26" Shearling Jacket Due to popular demand, Cockpit USA has officially brought back the ultimate in shearling flight jackets, the B-26 originally created in the 1970’s by Jeff Clyman.

    Tenth Day: “B-26” Shearling Jacket (Style # Z2126)
    Keep your loved one warm for many winters to come. The “B-26” Shearling Jacket is perfect for those who want military style and fashion driven outerwear that is completely functional.

    Betty Motorcycle Jacket Our Betty Motorcycle jacket has all the style and hype you've been looking for. This stunning jacket features zip off sleeves to convert into a fitted vest.

    Eleventh Day: Betty Motorcycle Jacket (Style # W21S001)
    Your sweetheart will never wear another jacket once she gets our Betty Motorcycle Jacket. With zip off sleeves that convert this style into a fitted vest, for added flair for the woman who has it all. This is the jacket you ride off on your motorcycles into the sunset.

    "Movie Heroes" Top Gun Navy G-1 Jacket This jacket is a Hollywood legend. Originally created in 1985, this unique vintage flight jacket starred in the iconic "Top Gun" movie.

    Twelfth Day: “Movie Heroes” Top Gun Navy G-1 Jacket (Style # Z201036T)
    Your hero won’t ever want another thing once he owns the classic “Movie Heroes” Top Gun Navy G-1 Jacket. Hand cut, sewn and aged to perfection, this jacket will make him feel like a Hollywood legend.

  • Bring it on. And wear it well.

    "Over the years I have learned that there are five things that a man looks his absolute best in; a real A2 is one of them. This Mustang A2 is a real one. If you look at the styling of the pocket flaps, the collar latch, the cut, the overall appearance of the jacket - its real. I have one and I can tell you that its not just looks, its made that way. And it has that thing - life-worn toughness, I suppose - that makes me look good in it. Until someone comes up with a way to bottle that feeling and that look, this jacket will do me just fine, thank you. If you want pretty, get a designer 'bomber'. If you want a well-seasoned second skin, this is it. What the jacket brings to you is important, but its what you bring to the jacket that counts. Bring it on. And wear it well." - Diesel

    Wise words and an excellent compliment. Thanks Diesel!

    Get the look: http://ss1.us/a/VwuknaQI

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  • Cockpit's ANJ-4 Jacket

    The ANJ-4/AN-6552 was a late WW2 development of a sheepskin jacket designed to be more accommodating in a cockpit in lieu of the bulkier B-3 sheepskin, which was used by all aircrew but was not as comfortable in a tight confine. Experimental test samples were developed of this same jacket in leather with various types of linings for warmth and flexibility to accommodate those crewmembers that needed a lighter less bulky material. So a leather version of the ANJ-4 was drawn up and sampled but never produced.

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    Cockpit has taken this concept and created our own engineered version of this universally useful jacket, as it permits the wearer to use its two-way zip to sit in a cockpit or a vehicle and loosen the waist as well as side buckles to tighten it to keep the wind out, with added zip sleeves, similar to the British flight jackets, to allow gloves to fit under the sleeves; great for motorcycling as well. The leather is a supple but durable vintage lamb and carries the features of its sheepskin predecessor with USN style patch pockets and a large real shearling collar with throat latch to keep wind out and warmth in. The modern lining is our WW2 parachute pattern nylon quilted to trademark Primaloft for extra warmth, softness and flexibility and two added inside pockets for modern convenience. A truly unique, contemporary jacket with a vintage configuration that sits slightly lower than the sheepskin jackets of the same era for additional weather protection. Proudly made in the USA.

    Get the ANJ-4 Jacket here.

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