Alpha Industries is an American clothing manufacturer founded in 1959 in Knoxville, Tennessee. The company was started in order to manufacture flight jackets on a United States Department of Defense contract. The start of the Vietnam War in 1960 meant a sudden increase in demand for military clothing and Alpha's growth rapidly accelerated. By the end of the 60's Alpha emerged as a leader in manufacturing, especially the now famous nylon flight jacket, the MA-1.Then, during the 70's, Alpha began to sell commercially and grew into an international commercial seller of American military style and fashion apparel. Today, Alpha Industries is not only the premier supplier of jackets for the U.S. Air Force, Navy, Army, and Marine Corps but also a global enterprise, manufacturing and selling its products throughout the world. Alpha sets the standard as a leader in cutting-edge outerwear design. From flight decks to civilian sidewalks, Alpha stands on the frontlines of quality and fashion, as a testament to innovation, creativity and manufacturing know-how.