A picture from an old photo shoot showing what all the cool kids were wearing in the 90s. Can you guess who the guy in the photo is? Here's a hint: he was a famous surfer.
Aviation themed restaurant
Wow–these were the days! Digging through our archive we found a picture of our first store in 1986 that was on 595 Broadway in New York. We were the first themed, fashion store on Broadway, with a real T-6 Aircraft inside. Now you can visit the aircraft at the American Airpower Museum in Long Island and we've moved uptown to 15 W 39th St. Anyone else remember the old store?
Located near the Willow Run bomber plant, the birth place of the B-24 during WWII, the Bomber Restaurant is a tribute and place of dedication to the iconic aircraft. Briefly known as Baldwin's Diner in 1936, the eaterie soon changed its name to the Bomber, proceeding to alter its moniker a few more times before settling in 1986 on its current (and previous!) title. Serving up good old American fare including the Cowboy Skillet, Bomber Dog and Philly Steak Hoagie, this diner is a safe bet on comfort food. Featured on the Food TV show 'Top Five Over Indulgences' and entirely decorated in model airplanes, historic photos and war memorabilia, The Bomber ticks every dining requirement we at Cockpit USA have!
306 East Michigan Avenue Ypsilanti, MI 48198
In the past, we at Cockpit USA have presented you with the best aviation themed restaurants to go to after a long working week. From fine dining to all American cuisine, we have recommended it all. However, this week, we're bringing you something a little... mobile! Pioneer of the award winning Aviators Wing Sauce and owner of Gourmet Aviator Products, Alex Montanez has just launched his already acclaimed gourmet food truck. Although a trained pilot, Montanez has taken position behind the wheel of Gourmet Aviator, his vintage nose art decorated truck and is currently roaming around Jacksonville, Florida offering up hearty burgers laden with his prize hot sauces. Keep an eye out for the gourmand meal machine at farmers market, airshows and special events on the East coast!
Every Friday at Cockpit USA we like to present you with unique dining experiences that combine aviation and food. However, this week we bring you something that raises the bar in the unique stakes. Located in Colorado Springs, is one of the largest piston aircraft ever to be created by Boeing - the Boeing KC-97. Built in 1953, the plane is not merely just a visual history lesson in aviation... it also happens to contain a very aptly named restaurant too! Entitled The Airplane Restaurant, this eaterie seats 42 and boasts a menu of all time favorites including their signature Steak Neptune, Salmon Neptune and Chicken Marsala. Decorated with hundreds of pieces of memorabilia and photographs, the Airplane Restaurant is an all encompassing and genuinely unparalleled aviation and dining experience!
1665 N. Newport Rd.
One block east of Powers on Fountain Blvd.
Located right on the sidelines of Los Angeles International Airport's approach runway, The Proud Bird is in prime position for aviation lovers and offers all-American fare of roast prime rib of beef, New York steak, Kobe beef burgers and classic shrimp scampi, therefore covering all bases. With planes from yesteryear decorating the lawn before the patio and the incoming traffic of modern aircrafts, this restaurant not only provides second to none grub but also gives first hand insight into the evolution of aviation. Food and flying? Cockpit USA are there already!
Perfectly positioned adjacent to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, the aviation imbued 100th Bomb Group Restaurant has unbeatable panoramic front seats to the take off and landing displays of air crafts. Along with sights of a higher caliber, the menu boasts a range of dishes of only the finest execution. The hoisin glazed beef skewers and broiled jumbo lump crab cake appetizers are complemented by the blackened rib eye open sandwich and shrimp and bree entrée, while being perfectly set off by the extensive wine and beverage menu. Decorated with pictures and memorabilia of the 100th Bomb Group it is named after, this restaurant is a unique, one of a kind establishment which boasts both good food and history in a tasteful manner.
20920 Brookpark Road Cleveland, OH 44135
When it comes to food, the season of spring means only one thing to us at Cockpit USA... BBQ! Located in Panama City in Florida, Smitty's Barbecue and Salad Bar feeds our hunger for flame grilled burgers, ribs and steaks! Aside from their great big hulking portions, Smitty's also has a daily 'All You Can Eat' meat special to satisfy even the biggest carnivores out there. What's more, this aviation themed joint caters to all tastes and diets by offering an extensive array of salad options too. Happy Friday - happy feasting!
651 West Highway 231
Panama City, FL 32405
10-:30am – 9pm 7 Days A Week
Just as Cockpit USA is dedicated to iconic military jackets, the 356th Fighter Group restaurant is dedicated to the United States Air Force organization of the same name. Inspired by pilots of the team which flew the P-47 Thunderbolt and then the iconic P-51 Mustang while escorting the B-17 Bombers across the English Channel to safety, this restaurant celebrates the bravery of the crews by transporting patrons back to the WWII era. With a menu that combines old time favorites with refined flavors such as prime ribs, lobster tail, goat cheese marinara and spicy calamari, there is something to satisfy every palate. Along with the 1940s style decor, specially milled furnishings, front row seats of the south runways of Akron/Canton Airport, 356th Fighter Group also boasts a rollicking cabaret featuring the areas best dance groups and musicians. A perfect concoction of top rate fare, high class entertainment and a dash of history, 356th Fighter Group have all bases covered.
4919 Mount Pleasant Street Northwest North Canton, OH 44720
Here at Cockpit USA, we are a self confessed clan of aviation buffs and meat eaters! As much as we love the history, tales and artifacts that encompass air activities we just as much appreciate a high quality cut of beef. You can only imagine our delight when we discovered Hangar One Steakhouse. Located in Wichita, Kansas this eaterie combines tasteful aeronautical themed decor with an all American menu bustling with burgers, succulent steaks and pasta dishes to name but a few. Along with the friendly service and in house screenings of war movies and documentaries, all meals are served with a side of humor in the form of wittily named dishes such as the Onion Ring Tower of Power, B-17 Bomber Burger and the Sputnik Spinach Salad. Fully equipped with a summer ready Crash Pad patio, the restuarant also boasts a secretly stashed lounge called the Control Tower bar on the third floor, overlooking the runway at ICT airport and perfect for watching planes go up and the sun go down. West Wichita just became a Cockpit USA dining destination of choice!
5925 West Kellogg Drive Wichita, KS 67209