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Pearl Harbor

  • Cockpit USA and Budweiser


    Amazing things can result from everyone being committed and passionate about the goal. This is what happened when a project that was originally intended to be a single limited edition commemorative jacket, turned into something much more exciting.

    Referencing our original art while working on one of the first of 10 jackets. Referencing our original art while working on one of the first of 10 jackets.

    Cockpit USA created a design to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor. Our intent, to donate the jacket for auction at the Pacific Aviation Museum gala held on December 3rd, 2016 held as part of the weeklong PH75 commemoration. All proceeds would go to the restoration of the Ford Island control tower, and historic Hangar 79, a building that still bears the bullet holes from the Japanese attacks on December 7th, 1941. The “Remember Pearl Harbor” Jacket would be created on our finest example of an original WWII horsehide US Army Air Corps A-2 flight jacket, being a true representation of a WWII nose art piece. That plan changed when representatives from Cockpit USA and Budweiser realized both companies would be supporting the event.

    Hand painting the back of our horsehide A-2. Hand painting the back of our horsehide A-2.

    When Budweiser learned more about the jacket, wheels began to turn, and a concept was created that offered far more breadth than a single jacket. Budweiser commissioned 9 additional jackets creating “the group of 10”. The group of 10 would become a list of people that go to great personal lengths to support our active military and to preserve and support the legacy of our veterans. A group of people whom we wanted to show our appreciation to, and who are all inspirational in their individual ways. The list represented the upper echelon influencers for military and veteran support across the entertainment industry, charitable groups, and industry leaders. All with the common thread of being committed to supporting our troops.

    Flying over Pearl Harbor Flying over Pearl Harbor

    We landed in Hawaii, and went directly to the gala, it was a wonderful event and a honor to have been able to attend. The original jacket donated for the Gala was sold for $4,000.00, 100% of the profits going to help preserve the historical Ford Island hangars and control tower. The people at the Pacific Aviation Museum are doing outstanding work to preserve such an historic site.

    Mike Kennedy, a partner at Cockpit USA, presents Gary Sinise with one of our limited edition hand painted Remember Pearl Harbor A-2s. Mike Kennedy, a partner at Cockpit USA, presents Gary Sinise with one of our limited edition hand painted Remember Pearl Harbor A-2s.

    That evening Cockpit USA and Budweiser were given the opportunity to present a jacket, and offer our appreciation to, Mr. Gary Sinise. Mr. Sinise, the Lt. Dan band, and the “Gary Sinise foundation” have been supporting our troops and veterans for over a decade. The foundation reported that 89.51% of every dollar raised went to support veterans, and got over $14M NET to our veterans in 2015 alone.

    Meeting with Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood Meeting with Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood

    Later that week we presented Mr. Garth Brooks with his very own hand painted 75th Anniversary jacket. Mr. Brooks and his wife, Trisha Yearwood agreed to perform a concert to support the Pearl Harbor 75th. After their shows sold out in a matter of minutes, they added 5 additional shows; they then announced that they would donate 100% of the proceeds to the Pearl Harbor memorials. This is just another example of how Garth Brooks has repeatedly stepped up to support our veterans and their legacy, throughout his career.

    Budweiser & Cockpit USA proudly present... Budweiser & Cockpit USA proudly present...

    In addition to “the group of 10” Budweiser encouraged us to agree to offer 65 additional jackets to the public. This would make the total 75, before we “break the mold”. After much discussion with our painters, we agreed, and are now happy to offer a limited run of this jacket to the public. The support and encouragement from Budweiser not only enabled us as a company to increase our support for the Pearl Harbor memorials, it gave us the opportunity to showcase our own personal commitment to supporting the legacy of the American veteran.

    Cockpit USA's hand-painted "Remember Pearl Harbor" Jacket Cockpit USA's hand-painted "Remember Pearl Harbor" Jacket

    We are happy to be able to offer this hand-painted limited edition "Remember Pearl Harbor" Jacket to you, and would like to thank the people at Budweiser, as well as the group of ten for all they do for our veterans and active military.

    “Budweiser Historical Efforts”

    Anheuser-Busch’s military support dates back to the company’s co-founders. Both Adolphus Busch, and his father-in-law, Eberhard Anheuser, served in the Union Army as members of the Missouri Volunteers during the Civil War.

    During World War I and World War II, the company produced diesel engines for Navy submarines and amphibious recon vehicles for the Army. More than 1,500 employees served and all had jobs when they returned. In addition, the company retooled factories to make gliders and wing assemblies, and donated freight cars for military transport.

    In 1944, employees raised $879,350 in war bonds, enough to purchase two B-17 bombers for the Army Air Corps. The Army named the planes “Miss Budweiser” and “Buschwacker.”

    Anheuser-Busch helped thousands of Americans show support for the troops in 2005 through the “Here’s to the Heroes Tour.” The 28-city national tour allowed visitors to record customized 10- to 30-second messages of support distributed to U.S. troops in more than 177 countries via the American Forces Radio and Television Service.

    More than 5,500 Anheuser-Busch employees have served in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and other military campaigns. Employees currently serving in the U.S. military may resume their jobs at Anheuser-Busch.

    Rick Nechio, Budweiser Director Transit, standing in front of the Ford Island Control Tower. Rick Nechio, Budweiser Director Transit, standing in front of the Ford Island Control Tower.

    “We are honored to have partner with Cockpit USA to commission this limited edition jacket” said Rick Nechio, Budweiser Director Transit |

    "Cockpit USA Historical efforts"

    Cockpit USA has been committed to supporting our active duty military and veteran community from day one. They have used their historical archives and design team to build awareness for extraordinary people such as the Women Air Service Pilots, the Tuskegee Airmen, the Doolittle Raiders, and the American Volunteer Group for over 40 years. We often have the pleasure of being able to replace or replicate veterans favorite issue jacket they no longer have, or even give people the chance to own the flight jacket they always wanted. Cockpit USA’s mission has always been one of education, and connection when it comes to the American Soldier.

    The American Airpower Museum in Farmingdale, Long Island The American Airpower Museum in Farmingdale, Long Island

    Simultaneously, the founders of Cockpit USA, Jeff and Jacky Clyman, set out to create a physical venue to continue that education. Committing an incredible amount of their time and financial support, they founded the American Airpower Museum in Farmingdale, Long Island. The museum hosts numerous events annually to honor historic military events, ceremonies, and remembrances.

    American Airpower Museum Mission:

    “The museum’s strategic mission is the preservation of the legacy of all Americans who have sacrificed themselves to defend our liberties and to educate a new generation regarding the courage, valor and heroism of our nation’s citizen soldiers by presenting the operational aircraft and armor in the museum’s collection and its related displays, exhibits and programs.”

  • 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.

  • Attack On Pearl Harbor

    Be it by way of the Hollywood blockbusting movie, lessons at school or personal interest, we are all familiar with the attack on Pearl Harbor. This week we at Cockpit USA have selected a penetrating and insightful video documentary instalment of that fateful day from the archives featuring President Franklin D. Roosevelt's address to the nation and actual footage from the fallout of the Japanese attack on the U.S. Naval Base. As President Roosevelt put it himself, the 7th December 1941 certainly was and still is 'a date which will live in infamy.'

  • History Class: Doolittle Raid


    To commemorate the success of the American Airpower Museum's 'Miss Hap' participation in the  Doolittle Raid Reunion event in Ohio last week, as proud sponsors, we at Cockpit USA want to give the history behind the WWII air raid. The historic day commenced on April 18 1942 as sixteen U.S. Army Air Force B-25 bombers took to the skies from the USN's aircraft carrier, USS Hornet in the Western Pacific Ocean on a mission towards Japan. Planned and pioneered by Lieutenant Colonel James 'Jimmy' Doolittle, the raid was the first of its kind by the Americans on Japan during WWII and despite the little material damage it caused, the venture succeeded in raising national morale in the in the wake of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7 1941, proving Japan to be vulnerable counterparts. For your visual pleasure, we rooted through the archives and dug up an iconic image of a B-25 taking flight on that very day 70 years ago along with a photograph of the flight and ground team in front of the AAM's 'Miss Hap' B-25 just days ago.

  • AAM Event: Honoring the Doolittle Raiders

    To commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Doolittle Raid, on Thursday 12th until Monday 16th April, the American Air Power Museum's B-25 'Miss Hap' and its crew will retreat once again to Dayton Ohio. Named after General James Doolittle, a lieutenant general of the USAF at the time, he devised an operation to strike the Japanese mainland in response to the attack on Pearl Harbor which went on to become American's first major counter attack in the pacific in April 1942.  Made popular by the novel and movie, 30 Seconds Over Tokyo, the onslaught involved the launch of land based B-25 Bombers from an aircraft carrier for which General Doolittle received a Medal of Honor for his bravery and leadership.

    A fly by will accompany this year's event which is to be held at the USAF Museum. In addition, surviving raiders and original members of the USS Hornet Crew that transported and launched them on their courageous mission, Chinese rescuers that aided the landed crews in mainland China afterwards will be in attendance. An excess of 20 B-25s are due to make the historic journey alongside 'Miss Hap' and crew, making what is to be the last public gathering for the Doolittle Raiders as they toast their departed in a final public Goblet ceremony, ever the more memorable. As proud sponsors of AAM, Cockpit USA will be there!

  • Movie Monday: Empire of the Sun

    Whether you're a suit in the office or a pilot in the skies, there's nothing quite like kicking back and relaxing with a movie after a long working week. This week's Movie Monday is a cult classic and Cockpit USA favorite. Based on J. G. Ballard's autobiographical novel of his experiences in WWII, Empire of the Sun is the coming of age story of 13 year old Jim Graham, set in Japanese occupied Shanghai in the wake of Pearl Harbor attacks. Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Christian Bale in his first break through role, this award winning film combines Jim's struggle for survival as he is separated from his parents and held at a confinement camp with an ordinary young boy's heart warming adoration of aircrafts and spirited adventurous streak. A beautifully shot telling of a boy's boost into manhood under the duress of WWII, Empire of the Sun is a 25 year old piece of timeless cinema history.

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