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#76 pfrost

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Posted 04 September 2010 - 03:19 PM

Ebay was good to me the other day. I figure this to be a 20's or 30's vintage bullion wing. Interesting pattern and slightly oversize (about 3.25 inches).

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#77 John Cooper

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Posted 21 September 2010 - 07:13 PM

Nice wing Patrick - can you add a shot of the reverse?


@ John I am uinterested to know how many grams your wing is?

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Posted 21 September 2010 - 07:28 PM

...maybe someone can offer their thoughts or better yet a photo of a pilot wearing the same style.

John


John-

I believe you were looking for a photo of this wing in wear. Will this do?

Note the 79th Division patch, yet he's clearly wearing aviation collar insignia. Hmmmm...

-Chuck

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#79 John Cooper

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Posted 22 September 2010 - 02:29 PM

Another fantastic photo! Is there any date on the reverse?

John

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Posted 22 September 2010 - 03:13 PM

Here is another photo of a nice transition period uniform and wing. I suspect that this is a 1919 vintage picture.

---oops, this is the photo that started the thread. Oh well, sorry---

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Posted 22 September 2010 - 04:20 PM

Another fantastic photo! Is there any date on the reverse?

John



John-

Sorry to say there's no date on the back of the image. If we could figure out who was the commander of the aviation wing attached to the 79th Division, it may give us his name. Being the 79th Division returned to the States in May 1919 & demobilized a month later in June 1919, I would venture to say this portrait was taken sometime during that period.

Patrick-
Neat photo!

-Chuck

#82 Paul S

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Posted 22 September 2010 - 04:31 PM

Here is a c.1936 portrait of MG Frank M. Andrews wearing what I think is a c.1919-20 wing:

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Posted 22 September 2010 - 08:47 PM

Thanks Chuck!

...and Paul that is a super photo addition!

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Posted 20 October 2010 - 08:45 PM

A recent eBay buy. 1927 dated studio photo of a pilot wearing very nice bullion wings. Sadly, not an ID'd pilot.

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Posted 20 October 2010 - 08:47 PM

close up of the wings. I have seen a number of these pattern bullion wings, and I suspect that they were rather popular with the pilots. One thing that seems to have eluded me are the 1920's pattern USAAC insignia like he is wearing.

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Posted 21 October 2010 - 05:24 PM

Patrick, that's a terrific portrait. The wing looks very similar to the wing worn by a number of senior staff officers in my father's bomb group. Most of those officers started flying in the thirties.

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Posted 21 October 2010 - 07:16 PM

Paul you are on the money with that last post!

Thanks Patrick!!

John

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Posted 06 February 2011 - 05:26 PM

Relatively new to this forum and have never posted any wing, but believe the info to be helpful/informative. This is one wing that has intrigued me for some time and am interested in thoughts/opinions. Difficult to tell from the pic, but right upper shoulder does show faint brass under silver coat. Thanks for any info. Pete

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Posted 06 February 2011 - 05:29 PM

Post_WWi_wing_back_1__640x215____132kb.jpg A better pic of the back.

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Posted 07 February 2011 - 07:30 PM

I can not tell from the photo but maybe you can confirm that the fittings were attached by hand soldering?

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 04:54 PM

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John, attached pic shows the fittings as attached to the back of wing. Pete

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 04:56 PM

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John, attached is another pic that shows the fittings as attached to the back of wing. Pete

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 06:39 PM

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Another Kinney example

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 06:42 PM

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And the back of the Kinney example

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 06:52 PM

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Here is an unknown maker attributed "Between the Wars."

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 06:55 PM

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Here is the backside of an unknown maker attributed "Between the Wars."

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 07:02 PM

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Senior pilot from 1930's

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Posted 11 February 2011 - 07:05 PM

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Senior pilot from 1930's (backside)

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 07:37 PM

Some very interesting additionas to this thread thanks for posting! The one you posted as an unknown maker looks massive does it weigh as much as it looks?

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Posted 14 February 2011 - 05:13 PM

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Here is a second of the exact same pattern, but note the replaced "C" style catch.


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