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  • National Poetry Day

    Impressions of a Pilot  Flight is freedom in its purest form, To dance with the clouds which follow a storm;  To roll and glide, to wheel and spin, To feel the joy that swells within;  To leave the earth with its troubles and fly, And know the warmth of a clear spring sky;  Then back to earth at the end of a day, Released from the tensions which melted away.  Should my end come while I am in flight, Whether brightest day or darkest night;  Spare me your pity and shrug off the pain, Secure in the knowledge that I'd do it again;  For each of us is created to die, And within me I know, I was born to fly.  — Gary Claud Stokor Impressions of a Pilot— Gary Claud Stokor
  • MCM: The Montgolfier Brothers

    Some of the first sky explorations took place as far back as the 1780s, though they weren’t with planes. The Montgolfier Brothers were the pioneers of the hot air balloon, who conducted the first untethered flights.

    The Montgolfier Brothers were the pioneers of the hot air balloon, who conducted the first untethered flights. The Montgolfier Brothers were the pioneers of the hot air balloon, who conducted the first untethered flights.

    Joseph-Michel and Jacques- Étienne were born in France, the sons of a paper factory owner. The factory helped lead them to their discovery that heated air would cause a large lightweight paper or fabric bag to rise in the air.

    Starting their discovery by raising just a balloon, they advanced a few months later on September 19, 1783 by sending a sheep, rooster, and duck into the air. The animal passengers stayed up in their balloon for 8 minutes landing 2 miles from the launch site.

    Then on November 21, 1783, the first untethered flight took place in a balloon that sailed over Paris for 5.5 miles in 25 minutes. Without the curiosity and heart of these early explorers, the sky would have taken another century to reach.

  • Freaky Friday

    Being that Cockpit USA is an authentic heritage brand and official supplier to the U.S. Air Force we have quite the customer range. On a recent trip to the American Airpower Museum, I sat down with the son of founder Jeff Clyman who we will refer to as "Goose" (for privacy matters, Top Gun movie reference and well... my own personal humor) to discuss the difference between men's fashion and military out-fitting.
    Goose is currently serving our country as an F-16 fighter pilot, and is also a New York based bachelor. Dressed to impress as always we begin to talk "photo shoots" and "brand direction", and just as Goose begins to inform me that my models are "too pretty" and was looking at a pair of skinny jeans like I was asking him to put on with a doubtful look- we realized there was some work to be done… I had the best project in mind :)
    The goal at Cockpit is to capture the fashionable and the "Guy's-guy" men of the world and I apparently missed a swag in my skip. So for fun we switched it up, each of us styled and posed the other. Without further a do...
    I present:
    Rudy Gonzales- Fighter Pilot a.k.a Fashion Buyer & Publicist
    Goose- Stylish New Yorker  a.k.a F-16 Fighter Pilot & Stud
    Please visit www.americanairpowermuseum.com

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