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The Cockpit

  • American Airpower Museum: Preserving American Aviation

    The American Airpower Museum's Curtiss P-40 Warhawk The American Airpower Museum's Curtiss P-40 Warhawk

    Since it’s inception in 2000, Cockpit USA has stood side by side with the American Airpower Museum in its mission to preserve the legacy of all Americans who have served to defend our liberties, and to educate our newest generations regarding the courage, valor and heroism of our nation’s citizen soldiers.

    The American Airpower Museum's North American AT-6D “Texan”. The American Airpower Museum's North American AT-6D “Texan”.

    The American Airpower Museum is a New York Chartered 501c3 not-for-Profit museum at the historic Republic Field in Farmingdale long Island. Operating out of an original WWII hangar, the museum uses the sounds, smells, and experience of fully operational aircraft and vehicles to provide the complete educational experience to its visitors. Cockpit USA is proud to support such a long-standing and committed organization, and encourage you to visit and support AAM as well.

    One of AAM's pilots flying over Long Island. One of AAM's pilots flying over Long Island.

    Cockpit USA will be donating 10% of our net sales to the American Airpower Museum from May 25 to May 29, for Memorial Day weekend.

  • #CockpitGlobeTrotters: The Story Teller

    It had been 7 years since Matthew and Jen Landis spent their honeymoon on Safari in Africa. A magical experience that marked the beginning of their adventures together, and a promise to themselves to one-day return. Since their last trip to Africa, the couple added two beautiful children to their ranks, and established a media company specializing in telling the story of a brand. Their storytelling talents lead to the call that would finally bring them back on Safari, and back to Africa.

    Matt Landis and his wife, Jen watching the sunset while on safari with Don Young. Matt Landis and his wife, Jen watching the sunset while on safari with Don Young.

    The voice on the other end of that call was that of Mr. Don Young, CEO of the historic Newland, Tarlton & Co. Safari Company. Being familiar with Soluna Media, Don was drawn to their specialization of telling the story of a brand through multimedia production. Matthew has 17 years of multimedia development experience, while Jen has built a career as a creative director at a brand advancement agency. That talent, along with their passion for Africa and past Safari experience was exactly what Don was looking for.

     

    The adventure Don presented to them, was to come to Kenya to present their vision and experience of his tented safari camp in the Masai Mara, and the “Kiota Safari House”, a private safari home located on the 12,000 acre El Karama Wildlife Conservancy. Matt and Jen jumped at the chance to return to Africa and to give their perspective on the Newland, Tarlton & Co. Safari experience. Fortunately for us, Matt happily agreed to field-test Cockpit USA products while in production.

    Matt Landis with his drone preparing to film the African wilderness. Matt Landis with his drone preparing to film the African wilderness.

    Because in the wilds of Africa, the best light for filming is often in the crystal clear cold air before sunrise and after sunset, Matt chose our iconic Cockpit USA R.A.F. Shearling Jacket to keep him comfortable in the chilly mornings and nights. The R.A.F. Shearling Jacket was originally designed for pilots flying open cockpit biplanes and later gained legendary status during the Battle of Britain.

    Matt Landis piloting his drone in Cockpit's RAF Sheepskin Bomber Matt Landis piloting his drone in Cockpit's RAF Sheepskin Bomber

    Feeling warm and heroically stylish in our Cockpit USA R.A.F. Shearling jacket, Matt piloted his video drone above the breathtaking wildebeest migration, over Don Young’s safari camp in Masai Mara and around Don’s Kiota Safari House - capturing exciting moments on safari. For Matt and Jen Landis, their safari with Newland, Tarlton & Co. was a dream come true. For Cockpit USA it was another chance to showcase how our legendary jackets are built for the most rugged of lifestyles.

     

     

    We are happy to share the video production that resulted from this trip, and encourage all of you to check out Newland, Tarlton & Co. Safari Company, The Safari Company of Teddy Roosevelt, and a name synonymous with luxury since 1904.  

  • TBT: 1979/1980 Catalog

    Check out our very first "Cockpit Catalog" from our initial mail order days circa 1979/80. The first to bring then long dormant aviation fashion back into the world and been keeping up this tradition for 40 years now!

    Check out our very first "Cockpit Catalog" from our initial mail order days circa 1979/80. The first to bring then long dormant aviation fashion back into the world and been keeping up this tradition for 40 years now! The first Cockpit Catalog cover from 1979/1980
  • History.com: North Africa Campaign

    Beginning on June 10 1940 until May 13 1943 and traversing deserts in Libya, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, the North Africa Campaign was a battle between the Allied and Axis Forces. Two years in, the U.S. joined British forces in the campaign. Take a look at these fascinating images compiled and connected by History.com - as history fanatics and endorsers, we at Cockpit USA were enthralled!

  • Stories of the Jacket: Cotton ‘100 Mission’ A-2

    With Spring around the corner, here at Cockpit USA we are beginning to think less about leather and more about lighter weight outerwear. This is why we came up with yet another classic! Cousin to the battered ‘battle worn’ antique lambskin ‘100 Mission’ aviation jacket, this cotton version is the perfect alternative for the summer seasons. While the days may swelter, there’s sometimes a cold chill in the air at night – cue the cotton A-2! Crafted from cotton twill and boasting a whole host of features including snap close top and side entry pockets, epaulets, an interior chest pocket and a sleek leather snap down collar along with knit cuffs and waistband, this Cockpit USA creation ticks all the boxes for everything and anything a warm weather jacket needs! What’s more, for added authenticity, the cotton lining boasts a silk screened patriotic citation design and a Cockpit USA I.D. leather bar tab on the left chest. Don’t say we don’t think of it all…!

  • History.com: Jimmie Kayana

    Born in Oregon in 1920 to Japanese immigrants, Army Medic Jimmie Kayana fulfilled his ambition of becoming a military man when he enlisted in the U.S. army in 1941. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Kayana was alienated within the army and his family was sent to an internment camp but undeterred, he valiantly joined America’s first all-Japanese Regiment in 1941. This very moving short documentary courtesy of History.com tugged at Cockpit USA's heartstrings as it illustrates the dramatic twists and turns Kayana’s military life took along with the unceasing pride he felt to be fighting for the U.S. side, a side he regarded truly as his own.

  • Stories of the Jacket: Top Gun G-1

    Steeped in a proud sense of achievement and success, the Top Gun G-1 aviation jacket was designed by Cockpit USA with the Navy’s top fighters in mind. Decorated with an assortment of authentic embroidered squadron patches and a magnificent naval aviator blood chit on the back, this G-1 bomber jacket acknowledges the service history of the USN’s most elite fighter jocks. Adorned with statement making prowess and crafted from 100% antique lamb, this iconic bomber also boasts a copyrighted and intricate adaptation of a WWII pilot’s escape evasion map lining making it luxurious both on the inside and out. If you want a jacket that will turn heads and kick start conversations, this is the jacket for the job!

  • Stories of the Jacket: The M-43 Field Jacket

    The M-43 field jacket is first and foremost a true piece of historical battle attire. First introduced in 1944 on the beaches of Normandy, right up until the end of the war in 1945, this jacket was a second skin to the brave GI’s of the Allied American Armies. Continuing its reign and colorful history, the M-43 was worn by both air forces and infantry during the occupation of post WWII Europe as well as in combat in the hills of Korea during the 1950s. Designed to suit servicemen’s needs for a well-fitted, warm jacket with the potential for added optional extras such as a hood and liner system, this field jacket provided it all. We at Cockpit USA are such fans of the jacket we produced a version, the Omaha Beach M-43 in its simplest form. Reproduced according to the slimmer fitting style of the 1940s original, this jacket is crafted from high-count 100% dense cotton poplin and boasts interior pockets and a soft cotton military specified label along with the contemporary addition of a bi-swing gusset behind the arm for ease and comfort of movement. For an added authentic touch, we even gave the jacket the Cockpit USA signature broken in look treatment, making it as close a model as possible of the original. Grab yours today!

  • History.com: Hitler's Military Blunders

    The entire world breathed a sigh of relief when Hitler and his blood stained dictatorship was defeated. Brought to its end by the proud, combined efforts of the USA, Great Britain, the Soviet Union and many other forces along with the unending bravery of their armies and citizens, it was a victory for the future when Nazi Germany and its allies were brought to a stop. However, also in play were Hitler’s own error riddled and bungled operations, from his confusing chain of command arrangement to his paranoia and ego driven leadership, these aspects all played significant roles in unraveling his radical plans to change the world order. Take a look at this fascinating History.com video which delves into the hows and whys of Hitler’s slip ups.

  • Made in USA: US Highland

    We make the perfect jacket for it, so now let us tell you where to go and get your wheels. Wondering what we’re talking about…?! Well, as the Cockpit USA Vintage Motorcross ‘Goodwood’ Motorcycle Racing jacket is an awesome recreation made according to the historical originals from the 30s, 40s and 50s… we’ve been thinking, what’s the use in having an authentic jacket when you can’t put it to its original use? Also proudly made in the USA are Tulsa, Oklahoma based US Highland motorbikes! As self confessed premier makers and developers of high performance single cylinder and V-twin powertrains and purveyors of custom made bikes, we at Cockpit USA wouldn’t go anywhere else for our dose of burning rubber. So grab the jacket, grab the bike and hit the road!

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