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  • The Best Of America: USS Northwestern Memorial


    Located in Unalaska, AK, the USS Northwestern Memorial is an iconic part of US war history in the non-contiguous state. The passenger and freight ship was launched in 1889 then took an early retirement only to be reinstated by the military in 1940 as a floating bunk house. Meeting its demise in a blaze of fire, the ship underwent a hail of bomb attacks while on the Dutch Harbor. On the 50th anniversary of the event in 1992, divers successfully retrieved the ships propellers which now form part of the memorial dedicated to those who died in the Aleutian campaign which can be found on a serene hillside along the bay. If the winter blues are setting in and a change of scenery is what you're hankering after perhaps a trip to Alaska and the USS Northwestern Memorial is in order...

  • America At Its Best: Liberty Memorial

    Home to the official World War I museum of the United States, the Liberty Memorial is a National Historic Landmark replete in both splendor and honor. Standing proud at 217 feet tall in Kansas City, Missouri, the spire is a memorial dedicated to the fallen soldiers of WWI. Majestic in its architectural style of classical Egyptial Revival, the limestone tower is etched with a winged lion on either side. Named Memory, the Eastern faced feline shields its face from the heinous past of the European battlefields while the Western faced lion called Future, covers its eyes from unseen eventualities. Simultaneously poignant and astonishing, at night the memorial emits orange illuminated steam, giving an illusion of a burning pyre while the tower balcony offers breathtaking views of the entire skyline. An official Cockpit USA See America destination of choice.




  • America At Its Best: SS Jeremiah O’Brien

    Despite weighing in at an astounding 10,000-tonnes, the gargantuan SS Jeremiah O'Brien was built by San Francisco’s ship workers in under eight weeks in 1943. Upon entering service, she played a pivotal part in WWII, embarking on seven voyages around the world to England, Northern Ireland, South America, India and Australia. Along with these crossing, the O'Brien made eleven trips across the English Channel to Normandy as part of the D-Day invasion, dodging U-boats as she went. After lengthy restoration, this  empress of the seas is the only remaining fully operational Liberty Ship of the 2710 launched during the war. Fully seaworthy as certified by the U.S. Coast Guard, the O'Brien is now a memorial monument, moored at Pier 45, Fisherman's Wharf and open to the public on most days, making it a must visit on the Cockpit USA 'See America' tour. Visitors are able to explore the entire ship and even see the 2500 horsepower, triple expansion steam engine in full operation on the third weekend of every month. Yet another excuse to go to San Francisco!


  • See America: Ellis Island

    Once upon a time Ellis Island was the first port of call for new arrivals to the United States. Before being officially registered and granted entry, immigrants were legally and medically inspected on the island located in the New York Harbor. During its years of service between 1892 and 1954, an breathtaking excess of 12 million steerage and third class steamship passengers were processed here. While the footfall of people wanting to make the USA their home has been relocated to airports, Ellis Island still boasts streams of people on its land in the form of tourists and culture seekers. Home to the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, which is part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument, this historical location is now dedicated to preserving the past, journeys and stories of all those who crossed what is still known as America's premier immigration station. On display are an array of photographs, interactive displays and changing temporary exhibits which bring the immigration experience to life, along with the unmissable and award winning documentary, ‘Island of Hope, Island of Tears.’ With the only way to get to the island by ferry, visitors are also treated to the added bonus of the exact point of view of the arriving immigrants themselves which includes front row seats to the Statue of Liberty. With a similar mission as ours in preserving and recreating history in a sense, this certainly sounds like the ideal Cockpit USA day out!

  • See America: US Naval Academy

    It is premiere location for the training of US Navy undergraduates and the first port of call in their adventure on the seas thus making the US Naval Academy a must see for military buffs. Perfectly located in the capital of Maryland, Annapolis which is considered the 'Sailing Capital of the World', the college welcome visitors all around the year. Guided tours are a plenty and the visitor center boasts interactive exhibits, but the main attraction commences at 12.05pm in the form of the daily formation. During this 20 minute display, 4000 midshipmen and midshipwomen march in unison in the plaza and around their massive dormitory in a dazzling show that must be seen to be believed. Believe us at Cockpit USA - we've seen it!

    52 King George Street
    Annapolis, Maryland 21402
    Phone 410-293-8687 (Tour)
    Fax 410-293-3365

  • See America: Winter Sun in San Diego


    With Winter well and truly here, we at Cockpit USA may be inclined to shut ourselves away and retreat into hibernation until the sprightly descent of Spring. However, with a country as great and sprawling as the United States, an escape to warmer climates is not completely impossible. For temperatures as mild as 62 - 66F and sandy beaches ideal for BBQ's and a game of ball, head west to San Diego. Known for having the best weather in the country, this Californian haven is home to the world's best zoo, Hotel del Coronado, where Marilyn Monroe's infamous movie Some Like It Hot was shot and one third of the U.S. Naval Pacific Fleet. If like Cockpit USA, American heritage is your area of interest, then make a visit to the USS Midway Museum a must on your to do list. Situated on a real naval aircraft carried that served in the US Navy for 47 years, the museum boasts an impressive fleet of genuine jets and airplanes on the ship's flight deck and more than 60 exhibits, all with an audio guide narrated by real Midway sailors. With a winning combination of sun, American naval history and beautiful beaches, San Diego is Winter vacation destination perfect to tide you over until Spring!

  • See America: Museum of WWII

    Located in Natick, MA, the Museum of World War II is undoubtedly one of Cockpit USA’s favorite places to visit in America – for obvious reasons of course! With almost 7000 historical artifacts underneath one roof, all meticulously arranged in date and geographical order, this treasure trove of WWII relics provides hours upon hours of fascination. What’s more, visitors can actually touch and explore most things on show, giving a multi-sensory experience unlike any other historical organization. Similar to the aviation jackets produced by Cockpit USA which each tell their own individual tale, every item at the Museum of WWII has a distinctive story of human, political and social context. From black propaganda, to an array of photograph albums, diaries written on cigarette paper and much, much more, this is one of those places you’ll go back to again and again!

  • See America: Anacostia Community Museum

    Driven by a dedication to the notion of 'community', the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum is a hub of knowledge curated and presented in ways to challenge ideas and stigmas along with creating a deeper understanding of social and cultural issues at play in today's world. Since being established in 1967, the Anacostia Community Museum has conducted research and tours, put on lectures, performances and demonstrations in order to provide multifaceted means of learning in its mission to broaden comprehension of all and everything 'community'. From celebrating the 100th anniversary of Juneteenth, the anniversary of the freedom of African Americans from the shackles of slavery to shedding light on the meaning of 'Kwanzaa', ACM strive to educate, enhance and build appreciation of the presence and history of community.

    Anacostia Community Museum
    1901 Fort Place, SE
    Washington, DC 20020



  • See America: National Air and Space Museum

    As proud sponsors and frequent visitors of Farmingdale, NY’s American Airpower Museum, home to a spellbinding collection of operational World War II aircrafts, it is safe to say that we at Cockpit USA are something of historical aviation aficionados! While the AAM satisfies every curiosity we have about military aviation, we are always on the hunt for more in this area of interest. Located in the Boeing Aviation Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, the National Air and Space Museum’s World War II aviation exhibition is one which swept us away. With a Boeing B-29 Superfortress, a Lockheed P-38-J-10-LO and a Stinson L-5 Sentinel on show, this display not only enlightens but dazzles with its array of air birds.

  • See America: Kentucky Bourbon Trail

    Earlier this week, we featured our favorite alcoholic beverage, Four Roses Bourbon as our selected Made in USA product of note. In keeping with the boozy, all American theme, we at Cockpit USA now bring you the legendary Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Home to the golden nectar for over 200 years, the distilleries in the lush green surroundings of Bluegrass are responsible for the world's best produce. Throwing open their doors, visitors of the trail can explore six historic distilleries, including the featured Four Roses, Jim Bean, Makers Mark and Wild Reserve to see first hand how bourbon is created and to learn the craft and science that goes into the process. With bourbon officially in our blood and heritage, we at Cockpit USA agree it would be wrong not to hike this particular trail!

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