The Tuskegee Airmen is the name given to members of the U.S. Army Air Force units in World War II that were comprised primarily of African American flyers and maintenance crews. The group compiled an impressive record, primarily in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations, despite facing frequent resistance to their presence in the formerly all-white Army Air Corps. Although the best-known Tuskegee Airmen were the fighter pilots of the 332nd Pursuit Group (99th, 100th, 301st, and 302nd fighter squadrons), the 477th Bombard Group (the first black bomber group) was also part of the Tuskegee Airmen. Pilots, navigators, bombardiers, maintenance and support staff, and instructors all played a role.
The Tuskegee Airmen A-2 Jacket was commissioned in the 80s by an original Tuskegee pilot belonging to the Long Island, NY chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen and developed jointly with Cockpit USA, the first company to ever produce a jacket of this kind.
The new Tuskegee Airmen aviation jacket pays tribute to the bravery of this group of pilots, their planes and different squadrons. An array of intricately embroidered patches on both sleeves and a specially designed, grand victory ‘V’ back patch, which includes all the airplanes flown by these airmen, salutes the accomplishments of the Tuskegee Airmen, not only in the skies but also for breaking through the racial barriers of the time with success.
• Crafted from supple goatskin leather
• Lined with an appliqué honoring the Tuskegee Airmen
• Back features large Tuskegee victory patch
• Sleeves lined with an array of patches
• Front zipper under wind flap
• Two snap close flap pockets
• Side entry pockets
• Two inside pockets and pen pocket
• Knit cuffs and waistband
• This is a full fit jacket, taking a size down is recommended
• Available in brown
• Proudly made in the USA
Since Cockpit USA items are made in the USA, please expect delivery within 2-3 weeks if your size is back ordered as they rush to produce. Should it take longer we will advise you personally. We appreciate your patience. Know that Cockpit USA produces the best quality flight apparel and we want to make sure you are satisfied.