Alpha Industries is an outerwear company that was founded in 1959 in Knoxville, Tennessee. From it’s start in 1959, the U.S. Department of Defense awarded Alpha contracts to produce jackets for American service members, including iconic styles such as the N-3B parka and the MA-1 flight jacket. The company grew rapidly during the 1960s, as the Vietnam War led to a substantial increase in DOD production contracts. Alpha soon began producing infantry jackets, including the iconic M-65 Field Coat made legendary during the Vietnam War.

In the 1970s, commercial consumers fueled much higher demand for high-quality military clothing that could be worn as every day fashion. Alpha Industries began producing the famous MA-1 flight jacket and M-65 field coat specifically for the civilian market.