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Naval Aviation Observer wing regulations 1927-1931

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#1 Justin B.

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Posted 04 April 2018 - 03:19 PM

Over the years there has been some discussion on this short-lived wing badge, which was the same as the naval aviator wings except in silver rather than gold. I have a few copies of the 1922 Uniforms Regulations, but they are either before this change, or after, with the earlier pages removed. But looking around online, I stumbled onto a copy that had it there in black and white. It is not Change Number 3, when the wings were changed, but Change Number 6 while it was still in effect.  You can also see Change Number 7 dated 31 March 1931, which changed to the "classic" silver O type.


The "Evolution of Naval Wings" article in the Navy Historical Center's United States Naval Aviation 1910-1995 says that the change was first by a BuNav Circular Letter of 19 Oct 1929, so that's about 18 months before the change made it to the uniform regs.


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