The TO wing is one that I have been missing out of my collection for some time, but one in which I never really spent much time seeking out. There just seemed so many fakes that it just never really caught on fire.
The forum has had a number of threads on IDing good NS Meyers wings. Then MTMAN posted some really AWESOME threads about some rare wings (like his thread on the military aviator wings http://www.usmilitar...ot-rating-wing/ and his observation about the "1930's balloon observer conundrum" http://www.usmilitar...ing-for-review/) that really started me thinking about my own wing collecting biases.
I think many collectors' interests begin to diverge and focus, and for the last few years, I found myself searching more for WWI bullion wings than anything from WWII. I tended to dismiss NS Meyer wings as mundane (at least to me) and found that I was becoming sloppy in not looking more carefully at these types of wings when the were available. I try to keep my mind open on the forum and certainly mtman opened up my thoughts on how I was likely missing some gems (both in my own collection and things that were available for purchase).
One day recently, I found this wing on the internet and began to compare it to some other wings. As usual, the first three things I do when I want to do some research is (1) search Bob's site for comparable wings (and look through my various books on wings), (2) search the forum for previous discussions (3) tap into my "brain trust" (you guys know who you are!). Eventually, I came to the conclusion that this was a good wing and one that I wanted to add to my collection. The thing is, if mtman hadn't been making me rethink some of my biases, I may have just moved over this wing. I didn't get it at a great price, but I did add a TO wing to my collection!
Again, a hat tip to Bob's site. Those of you who don't spend your time using his webpage as a great reference source are missing out!
Edited by pfrost, 02 September 2018 - 11:09 AM.