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#26 rustywings

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 04:07 PM

NAA - FAI Pilot license issued to Edwin E. Aldrin Sr. in 1934.

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 04:10 PM

Inside the Pilot license issued to Edwin E. Aldrin, Sr.

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 04:12 PM

Period button.

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 04:16 PM

Astronaut wing produced by Vanguard.

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 04:19 PM

Reverse with incised VANGUARD hallmark and STERLING mark.

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 02:03 PM

"One Small Wing for Man, One Giant leap for the Forum" :) Sorry, Couldn't resist. Amazing, Historical display. Thank you for sharing. Great items.

#32 fstop61

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 08:55 AM

Those are some awesome wings! Thanks for the education by sharing them.

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 07:20 AM

This is a very nice thread. . . and long overdue.

Adding to it:


Senior Astronaut Pilot wing produced by Vanguard.

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 07:25 AM

Reverse with incised VANGUARD hallmark and Sterling mark.

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 07:35 AM

Command Astronaut Pilot wing produced by VANGUARD.

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 07:38 AM

Reverse with incised VANGUARD hallmark and Sterling mark.

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Edited by CliffP, 09 November 2012 - 08:00 AM.


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Posted 09 November 2012 - 07:24 PM

Cliff, when it comes time for President Obama to "re-distribute" your wonderful wing collection, I want to be there to plead my case for the needy! Thank you for sharing images of your terrific Senior & Command Astronaut wings.

Russ


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Posted 10 November 2012 - 07:00 AM

Cliff, when it comes time for President Obama to "re-distribute" your wonderful wing collection, I want to be there to plead my case for the needy! Thank you for sharing images of your terrific Senior & Command Astronaut wings.

Russ

Russ, I am sorry to tell you this but I have it on good authority that yours is at the top of Obama's list.

Cliff
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Posted 16 November 2012 - 11:20 AM

Are there any other Astronaut wings out there? Please feel free to share them here.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:38 AM

HI GANG, Just been sitting here looking at all the interesting stuff being posted about Astronauts and their wings. I am also a long time wing collector, but have limited my Post WW2 Collection to one of each wing authroized/worn. Usually this means an "issue" piece made of sterling. In regards to Astronaut Wings, I have always avoided "two-piece" wings, because in earlier days I think they were "constructed" for the collectors market. The original MilSpec for Astronaut Wings (MIL-B-10955/23) has always directed that the wing be of one-piece, die-struck construction. So I believe an "issue" wing will always be one-piece. But, like during WW2, Astronaut wings have also been made for private purposes. I am not rendereing judgement on two-piece wings as "real" or not. The following series of pictures depict the 6 wings in my collection. All six are the "fine-feathered" design. Five are marked "STERLING" on the reverse in raised letters. The 2 inch Basic wing is stamped "STERLING / KREW". Enjoy.

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:40 AM

Senior Astronaut Wings

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 06:42 AM

Command Pilot Astronaut Wings

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 08:57 AM

Are there any other Astronaut wings out there? Please feel free to share them here.

Russ,

Here are two that are in the collection of the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum.

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 12:11 PM

Thank you John and Cliff for the additional images and information. I appreciate your efforts and shared knowledge.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 11:55 AM

Here is an USN Pilot Astronaut pair of wings from Vanguard, current production (I know it's a little off-topic as it's not from USAF... please forgive me!):

http://imageshack.us/a/img801/8307/usnastronaut1.jpg

http://imageshack.us/a/img41/4982/usnastronaut2.jpg

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 01:46 PM

Very nice looking wing !!! Really like the Navy wings.

Chris

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 02:11 PM

I'll post mine tonight when I get home!

#48 JLENG

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 09:54 PM

Here is a salesman sample board. All are hallmarked either Krew or K-21 and are clutchback. I am guessing they were made in the 70's or early 80's.

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 06:19 AM

Wow, I never seen before so many US Astronaut wings together! :)

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Posted 09 December 2012 - 04:38 PM

Don't quote me.But I think the Air Force has started issuing enlisted crew member wing's with the astronaut designator on them.I think they maybe for payload specialists?


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