U.S.A.F. Astronaut wings.
Posted 01 November 2012 - 06:40 PM
During the event, Colonel William "Pete" Knight stopped at my display table and spent considerable time closely inspecting my wing collection. After several minutes, he looked at me and said, "Nice collection, but you're missing one...I don't see an Astronaut's wing?" After fumbling for an answer, I was fortunate enough to spend the next 20 minutes or so discussing wings and insignia with this icon of a man.
Now I wish I could dazzle you with a tale about receiving Pete Knight's personal Astronaut wings from his historic exploits during the X-15 program, but that didn't happen. However, a week after the event, I returned from lunch to find an envelope sitting on my desk containing a wonderful pair of sterling Command Astronaut wings which Pete had somehow procured from a friend...
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He was a Combat Pilot...a Test Pilot...and an Astronaut. He became my Mayor in 1988...he was my State Assemblyman in 1992...my State Senator in 1996...and my personal friend in 2002. We lost Pete to cancer in May, 2004.
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Posted 02 November 2012 - 01:59 AM
These are two Astronaut Wings from my little collection, both hallmarked L22 (Lordship) and maybe from 1970s or 1980s.
USAF Astronaut Wings
US Army Astronaut Wings
"Flying without feathers is not easy."
Titus Maccius Plautus
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Posted 02 November 2012 - 10:06 AM
Here's a comparison shot of the two Senior Astronaut badges.
Posted 02 November 2012 - 10:29 AM
combat missions in Korea and was credited with downing two MiG-15's while flying F-86 Sabres. He flew in the Gemini 12 and Apollo 11 missions...and was the famed second man to walk on the moon.
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