In 1959 Alpha Industries was contacted by the US Department of Defence. The Jet age had begun and a new kind of flying jackets was needed to cope with the extreme stress. Alpha Industries accepted the challenge and developed all new materials and models that now have been true fashion classics for a long time. The US Defence was very pleased with the result and today Alpha Industries has produced more than 40 million pieces of clothing. Alpha Industries clothing made for civil use is exactly the same as the military versions which means that quality and function that beat most everything.