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Stories of the Jacket

  • Cockpit for Christmas: American Tanker Jacket

    It's Christmas! Here at Cockpit USA we've been writing up everything we want this holidays and the American Tanker Jacket is topping quite a few! Originally designed for American armored vehicle crewmen and army tank crews in Europe, the tanker jacket was found to be so innovative and practical in its design that it soon became a popular favorite among air force pilots and airborne paratroopers. Lightweight in its density with a wool blanket lining, providing the perfect levels of warmth and coolness across the seasons, the Cockpit USA American Tanker jacket stays true to the iconic WWII style. Crafted from 100% cotton and boasting brass hard wear of the most supreme quality, this all American made jacket is perfect for fans of history and aviation who expect nothing less than the best - a perfect gift this holiday!

     

  • Stories of the Jacket: Airborne 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment A-2

    Crafted from the original 1941 russet brown American horsehide and emblazoned with the insignia of 506 PIR, this Airborne 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment A-2 is a grand replica of the 1941 original. Nicknamed the Curahees after the Apache word "stand alone" and made famous in popular culture by American historian Steven Ambrose in his book Band of Brothersby and its television movie adaptation this jacket was issued to officers of the U.S. Airborne unit. First constituted in 1942, these brave soldiers  fought in World War II in Normandy, Holland and held the line at the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944 and captured Hitler's mountain hideout in 1945. After World War II, the 506th became an Air Assault regiment and in Vietnam five troopers from the 506th were awarded the Medal of Honor. In 2004 and 2005 the 506th was deployed to Habbaniya, Iraq and was then redeployed by early 2008 in Operation Enduring Freedom to Afghanistan. The Pair O'Dice insignia which has been displayed on the original 506th A-2's remains a symbol today that cannot be stopped in the cause of freedom. If heroism were recreated as a jacket, this would be it. Proudly made in the USA.

     

     

  • Stories of the Jacket: The Classic Raider Jacket

    If a Cockpit USA 'Hall of Fame' for jackets existed, this iconic bomber would be included for sure. When The Cockpit catalog first introduced the Classic Raider Jacket in 1982, it became an instant best seller. Crafted from superb components and leathers, our customers clearly knew quality when they saw it! Made with 100% vintage lambskin, a rich textured leather featuring natural graining characteristics and created with military styling, the two-way, zip top and side entry, corded pocket design on the front sets this jacket apart from the rest. Along with an interior chest pocket, knit cuffs and waistband, a bi-swing back is also incorporated for comfort and ease of movement. Not to be outdone by its handsome exterior, the luxurious lining of the jacket boasts a beautifully intricate WWII pilot’s aviation map design. Perfect as a casual 'throw on' everyday piece or a smart, understated jacket over dress shirts, this jacket is versatile and dashing in equal measures!

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