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#51 rustywings

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Posted 01 April 2011 - 10:28 PM

Kastauffer,

Your two bullion Aviator wings are absolutely exceptional! Thank you for posting such "top-shelf" examples.

Russ

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 11:10 AM

Cliff.
Attached is a pic of Roland Corbin, Naval Aviator #621 and his brother Horace W. Corbin during the war.
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Hey Terry,

Found another picture of Ensign Corbin in the book FLYING OFFICERS of the U.S.N. which you probably have; however, in some old files found a picture of Navy dirigible DN-1 taken in April, 1917 at Naval Air Station Pensacola. Since Ensign Corbin got his Naval Aviator rating at Pensacola about the same time on 17 April 1917 he would have flown in it.

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CORBIN, Roland Earl
Born: 18 Sep.1893 in Dundee, MI; Retired: South Hero, VT 1969.
Education: University of Michigan - 1 year
Military Service: U.S. Navy: April 30, 1917- September 30, 1921 (Rank: Ensign USNR)
Ratings: Heavier-Than-Air and Lighter-Than-Air Balloon & Airship training at Akron, OH & Naval Air Station-Pensacola, FL; FAI-ACA Balloon License #595 issued 17 April 1917; Naval Aviator #621.

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 07:47 PM

Hey Terry,

Found another picture of Ensign Corbin in the book FLYING OFFICERS of the U.S.N. which you probably have; however, in some old files found a picture of Navy dirigible DN-1 taken in April, 1917 at Naval Air Station Pensacola. Since Ensign Corbin got his Naval Aviator rating at Pensacola about the same time on 17 April 1917 he would have flown in it.

Cliff

CORBIN, Roland Earl
Born: 18 Sep.1893 in Dundee, MI; Retired: South Hero, VT 1969.
Education: University of Michigan - 1 year
Military Service: U.S. Navy: April 30, 1917- September 30, 1921 (Rank: Ensign USNR)
Ratings: Heavier-Than-Air and Lighter-Than-Air Balloon & Airship training at Akron, OH & Naval Air Station-Pensacola, FL; FAI-ACA Balloon License #595 issued 17 April 1917; Naval Aviator #621.

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Cliff,
Thanks, great pic of the airship. Must have been a boring mission putting along in one of those.

Russ,
I had Ens Corbin's complete uniform and this extra wing, but since I don't collect Navy, moved the uniform along about a year ago. Attached is pic of the tunic. I hung onto the wing since it was unique and I had never seen one like it before. I could only speculate that the Airship pilots might have gone this route to distinguish themselves from the other pilots.
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Posted 02 April 2011 - 08:03 PM

Cliff,
Thanks, great pic of the airship. Must have been a boring mission putting along in one of those.

Russ,
I had Ens Corbin's complete uniform and this extra wing, but since I don't collect Navy, moved the uniform along about a year ago. Attached is pic of the tunic. I hung onto the wing since it was unique and I had never seen one like it before. I could only speculate that the Airship pilots might have gone this route to distinguish themselves from the other pilots.
Terry


Sir your stuff always amazes me. I swear the items you have or have had in your collection are just mind blowing. Add this picture to the list of items which make you go, "holy smoke I never woulda expected to see it"

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Posted 08 April 2011 - 09:48 AM

WWII era padded bullion Aviator wing.

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Posted 08 April 2011 - 09:52 AM

Another WWII padded Aviator badge, with longer and somewhat different wing design.

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Posted 08 April 2011 - 03:42 PM

Please dont stop posting individual close ups Russ this is a fantastic learning experience.

Cheers
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Posted 08 April 2011 - 03:51 PM

Here's two that I bought a few weeks ago.
Can anyone date these?

First one...

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Posted 08 April 2011 - 03:52 PM

2nd one

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Posted 11 April 2011 - 09:02 PM

Kurt & Jason thanks for the wonderful additions to this thread. As for dating your wings Jason I hope someone can help.

Cheers
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Posted 11 April 2011 - 09:15 PM

This is my only bullion wing.

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#62 rustywings

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 08:38 AM

Here's two that I bought a few weeks ago.
Can anyone date these?

First one...

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Jason, you've posted a couple of nice WWII era bullion wings. I believe your first example was produced from the mid 1930's thru early WWII. Your second wing appears to be a solid WWII example.

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 09:41 AM

Bullion WWII USN Aviator on black felt.

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 09:42 AM

Back.

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 09:45 AM

Padded bullion WWII era Aviator on green gaberdine.

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 09:46 AM

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 09:48 AM

Bullion WWII era Aviator on white cloth background.

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 09:48 AM

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 11:13 AM

One more ... :thumbsup:

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 12:39 PM

Jason, you've posted a couple of nice WWII era bullion wings. I believe your first example was produced from the mid 1930's thru early WWII. Your second wing appears to be a solid WWII example.


Thanks Russ! I appreciate the help!

Jason

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Posted 18 April 2011 - 07:13 PM

WWII era USN Aviator on tan cloth.

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Posted 18 April 2011 - 07:14 PM

The back.

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Posted 18 April 2011 - 07:20 PM

A WWII era variant with five different types of bullion used, counting the foil.

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Posted 18 April 2011 - 07:21 PM

The back.

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Posted 18 April 2011 - 07:26 PM

Late-war, or possibly early post-war USN bullion Observer wing.

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