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Posted 24 January 2017 - 03:59 PM

 

Great picture, thanks for posting.  I have had a pair of the Presidential insignia, like depicted in your picture, for a long time.  I always assumed they were samples as I could never find a reference in documentation.  The are the same design as the Army, except in silver vice gold, and made by Balfour.
 

 

Those are sweet



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Posted 24 January 2017 - 06:22 PM

Gotta love those 50s AF Recruiting Posters.

 

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This one is the greatest of them, this the cover of the November 1951 issue of AIR FORCE magazine. Note the depiction of all the shoulder patches of the Air Forces (Though I think the 6th was worn by the Caribbean Air Command at this time, and the 11th by the Alaska Air Command. Qualification needed).

 

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Posted 25 January 2017 - 06:04 AM

 

Great picture, thanks for posting.  I have had a pair of the Presidential insignia, like depicted in your picture, for a long time.  I always assumed they were samples as I could never find a reference in documentation.  The are the same design as the Army, except in silver vice gold, and made by Balfour.
 

 

Wow! Really cool. I had assumed that the ones in the photo were gold, but now I don't know. The silver would certainly look better on the blue suit. 

 

Great Air Police info and photos, too, thanks a lot!

 

Justin B.



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Posted 31 January 2017 - 06:31 AM

Hello

I am new to the forum and never posted, I am retired Air Force/Air National Guards and trying to put together a time line

of uniforms from WWII to the present. My question is that I have seen the uniform color starting in 1949 being Blue 84.

Recently I purchased an overcoat with a Blue 85, is this an accepted color also for that time period?

Thank you John



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Posted 31 January 2017 - 08:59 AM

The shade 85 overcoat was made of heavier weight wool than the shade 84. The shade 84 overcoat replaced the shade 85 starting in 1965. Either overcoat would be appropriate for a shade 84 blue service uniform.

If you are going to collect USAF uniforms, I would suggest you getting the books "Into the Blue", by Lance P. Young. (Lance is a member of this forum.). The first two volumes have been printed and Vol. 3 is coming out this year. The books are available from Amazon .com.

Hope this helps.



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Posted 05 February 2017 - 08:33 AM

Hello

Can someone help me, I saw at set of US wings that were made for Air Force Fire Department, I would like to know

if these are legit or something made up? I looked many places and have had no luck identifying it.

Thank you

John



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Posted 06 February 2017 - 08:41 AM

Hello

Can someone help me, I saw at set of US wings that were made for Air Force Fire Department, I would like to know

if these are legit or something made up? I looked many places and have had no luck identifying it.

Thank you

John

If you are talking about the "Crash crew wings". those are a fantasy piece. If you could post a picture, we would be sure that we are talking about the same wing design.



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Posted 06 February 2017 - 05:45 PM

If you are talking about the "Crash crew wings". those are a fantasy piece. If you could post a picture, we would be sure that we are talking about the same wing design.

 

​I have to dig my wings out.But if I remember right the center shield has a ladder with crossed axes.


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Posted 06 February 2017 - 07:31 PM

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Paul W. Airey, the very first Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, wearing the insignia of that rank in 1967.



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Posted 14 February 2017 - 05:44 PM

Hi there.

 

Does anyone have Air Force Officer Registries from the 60s?



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Posted 14 February 2017 - 06:53 PM

Does anyone have Air Force Officer Registries from the 60s?


Have a look here:
https://archive.org/...force register"

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Posted 15 February 2017 - 09:50 AM

Hey thanks alot Justin B, was drawing no hits, kept seeing the Army's, which we already have saved.



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Posted 06 March 2017 - 06:59 PM

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Circa 1948, 5th Army and U.S. Air Forces, the officer is Army, the other is in the new United States Air Force, the Transitional uniform we're seeing, OD with new rank insignia and collar brass.



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Posted 08 March 2017 - 08:29 PM

Two found for tonight.

 

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In Liverpool England (Burtonwood AFB) in 1950, think this guy is getting married,thus the Black Bow tie.


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Posted 08 March 2017 - 08:41 PM

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And from Japan, foto description says 1952, was the ODs still worn that late? Also we see at least one with the new four pocket Blue uniform. Of note is the 14th AF patch worn there, must be the weird AF fashion as a combat patch and was starting to be done like this in the late 40s transitional period, would have to be, as the 14th AF was not in Japan then, it5 was back in the states where it had elmts all over the Southeast as far west as Texas/Oklahoma.



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Posted 09 March 2017 - 08:06 AM

Airmen were allowed to wear their wartime combat unit patch on the LEFT sleeve for a time during the transition period. This was stopped when SSI were dropped from the service uniforms in the mid 1950's.



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Posted 16 March 2017 - 06:49 PM

A 1959 portrait of USAF Chief Thomas D.White showing his custom made insignia.

 

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https://en.wikipedia...Thomas_D._White

 

 

 



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Posted 17 March 2017 - 09:13 AM

A 1959 portrait of USAF Chief Thomas D.White showing his custom made insignia.

 

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https://en.wikipedia...Thomas_D._White

 

 

 

 

​I wonder what assault landing he was in? I couldn't find anything in his Wikipedia link.



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Posted 17 March 2017 - 10:58 AM

Screen shots of LTG Glenn O. Barcus, commander of the Northeast Air Command from 1954 to 1957. Note the embroidered rank insignia on his eppaulettes and what appears to be a dark blue shirt worn underneath his uniform coat. Sorry the quality isn't clearer. 

 

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Posted 17 March 2017 - 06:21 PM

 

​I wonder what assault landing he was in? I couldn't find anything in his Wikipedia link.

The only thing I can think of is one of those 11th Abn Div/503rd RCT jumps in the PI, uncertain though if the Troop Carrier Command units fell under 13th AF.



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Posted 18 March 2017 - 12:47 AM

The only thing I can think of is one of those 11th Abn Div/503rd RCT jumps in the PI, uncertain though if the Troop Carrier Command units fell under 13th AF.

 

​Could be.I forgot about Troop Carrier units.But I'm not sure if they were eligible for the arrowhead? Hmmm!


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Posted 18 March 2017 - 06:27 PM

Two USAF ARRS Airman KIA Vietnam

 

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Thomas D. Prose 

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Charles D. King

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