Our Black Horse Tanker Jacket is a tribute to the U.S. Army’s famous 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (ACR). Nicknamed “the Black Horse Regiment,” the 11th Calvary Regiment was activated in 1901. Having a glorious history of distinguished service in major campaigns throughout their 100+ year history such as the Philippine–American War, World War II (including the D-Day invasion of Normandy in 1944), the Vietnam War, Operation Desert Storm, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The 11th ACR insignia patch on the left sleeve features the traditional red & white cavalry colors and a left-facing rearing black horse. It is always worn on the left sleeve so that the horse always faces the enemy, as the Black Horse Regiment never retreats. Available with or without patch.
The jacket itself is an authentic reproduction of the WWII-era tanker jacket. It may look familiar to moviegoers as it was seen in the movie “Saving Private Ryan” and was worn by the Travis Bickle’s character in “Taxi Driver.” Based on the “2nd Model” Tanker Jacket (Spec #26A) from 1942, its style, comfort, and practicality made it a favorite among generals like Eisenhower, Patton, and Bradley, as well as troops of all kinds including fighter pilots, paratroopers, and infantrymen. The versatility of this garment will surely make it your go-to jacket. Serves as a fitting tribute to the famous Regiment who’s motto is “Allons” (French for “Let’s Go!”).
The Black Horse WWII Tanker Jacket features:
- 100% Cotton outer shell
- 11th ACR insignia patch on the left sleeve (Optional)
- Wool-blend blanket lining
- Knit collar, cuffs, and waistband
- Two front slash pockets
- Brass Zipper
- Bi-swing back
- Note: Dry clean only
- Color: WWII Khaki
- Fit: Normal
These products are all natural and hand made in the USA. It will help preserve your new jacket or add years back to your old one. Exposure to the elements and regular wear will dry out and fade your jacket. Replenish your jacket now!
Cockpit® USA History:
In 1975, Jeff Clyman founded Avirex Ltd. Avirex established itself with original military designs for the A-2, G-1, and B-3 jackets. By 1978, the brand flourished with “The Cockpit” catalogue. The US Air Force began to purchase A-2 flight jackets, which led to them becoming an official government supplier. Followed by more government agencies; US Navy, US Army, NASA, and many international armed forces.
In the early 1980s, the company partnered with blockbusters to help promote their jackets, “The Right Stuff” and “Top Gun”. With the popularity, the lists of celebrities who’ve worn their jackets continued to grow on and off the screen.
Recognized worldwide as one of the leaders in fashion and function for military bomber jackets.