I like the construction and the unique style of thin upswept wings this badge has. The fake badges tend to have the more "conventional" style of wings. Looks good to me!
This wing is actually worth some serious discussion because it is such a rare wing.
First the pros:
The scan really doesnt give a good impression of these wings, but the bullion work is very "tight", the toning to the bullion thread is about what one would expect, and the general "look and feel" of the wings looks like it has been on the coat for a long time. Also, the wings were sewn on the jacket under the lining and the lining was then put back in place likely at the time of the purchase, as you can not tell where the seams were undone. So, basically you have a very well done wing that looks like it has the proper age and wear that was professionally added to the jacket. Also, perhaps one of the most advanced wing collector out there has a similar wing in his collection. Also, I have yet to see what I consider a fake MA wing done to this level of detail.
Now the cons:
On the other hand, the rank on the jacket is for a LT, but in fact, the guy should have been at least a Capt. to warrent a Military Aviator wing. It was possible that a person of lower rank (with less than the 3 years of experience) would have been made a Military Aviator IF he had significant aeronautical experience or flight expertise, such as a person with extensive civilian aviation training or aeronautical engineering. According to my reading, the Junior and RMA were the guys being trained to go out and fly combat while the MA were for more advanced pilots involved in training, administration and development of the Air Corps.
On the other hand, the jacket does have a Boston-maker tag, suggesting that the original owner may have been with MIT or Yale, two early sites of American military aviation engineering and training. Interestingly, the rank insignia are also bullion and they closely match the wing (both in aging, toning, style of bullion and thread that was used to attach the wing). The rank insignia and the wings look to have been from the same source and put on the jacket at the same time.
So, this is a very rare wing that seems right in all respects to an american made bit of bullion. It seems to have been on a uniform for a very long time (and perhaps be original for this uniform when it was tailored) for a guy who was located in the Boston area at some point, but who never made it overseas and was too low in rank to have normally been rated as a military aviator. Just speculating, I think that this guy may have been an instructor or aeonautical engineer at one of the Schools or bases in the Boston area and thus was awarded the MA wing. Of course, the other analysis is that this is all a fake put-together.
Bottom line, the more I look at the wing and compare it with other WWI vintage bullion wings, the more I like it in my collection. To be honest, I think I paid a pretty good price for it, and am more than happy with it one way or the other.