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I have had the distinct pleasure of holding in my hand three 1913 original wings. Hap Arnolds, Capt Paul Becks and the third belonged to 1Lt. Hollis LeRoy Muller.
A Las Vegas, NV collector has the Paul Beck wing. Hap Arnolds wing was at the Air Force Museum for a while on load from the family. I guess the family now has it. I made a mold of Hap’s wing and my reproduction is directly made from his wing. Lt. Muller’s wing is also at the Air Force Museum currently in storage.
But if I remember correctly 26 or 27 of the wings were awarded. Somewhere I have a list form my old Air Force Days. I will have to do a lot of digging to find the list maybe someone else has it?
In truth the Las Vegas, NV collector owns a Military Aviator badge variant manufactured by the V. H. Blackinton Company of Attleboro, MA attributed to Captain Paul W. Beck.
Unless removed recently which is doubtful, the original 1913 Military Aviator badge made by the Ordnance Department at the Rock Island Arsenal that was owned by Captain Beck has been on public display at The National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, OH in the Early Years Gallery for well over twenty-five years. It is to the left of the main throughway just pass the Wright Brothers exhibit.
Edited by cwnorma, 19 January 2009 - 11:43 AM.
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