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#1 dg0223

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Posted 07 October 2010 - 08:55 AM

I was looking at the "For Sale" section, and a board member was offering some gorgeous WWII Navy radar wings, and I thought I'd start a thread to ask what some of the nicest and/or rarest wings in your collections are. I collect modern-era wings, but I was just curious what you all have in your collection that may be your favorite piece.

I am kinda partial to those radar wings, and I think the Navy Combat Aircrew wings look nice as well.

If you're not too busy post some of your favorite/rare wings. If there's already a thread like this, please feel free to delete mine.

#2 John Cooper

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Posted 07 October 2010 - 07:26 PM

I guess I will be first up on this...these would fall into the rare or hard to find section IMHO.

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 02:20 AM

A couple of USN wings:

pre WW2 made by Gaunt:

Wing_USN_Gaunt_Front.jpg Wings_USN_Gaunt_Rev.jpg .jpg]

WW1 USN (With stars on the shield):
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Posted 08 October 2010 - 03:13 AM

Here is a photo of that USN radar wing that was in the for sale section.

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 05:52 AM

I'm not saying anything disparaging about the radar observer wings above, but it seems like this would be an easy one to fake. Remove the compass rose from a legit aerial navigator wing, fabricate the radar emblem, attach, done.

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 05:59 AM

I would say that is easier said than done (at least as far as producing something that could fool a collector). And why would you do it? Both wings are in the same range, value-wise.

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 06:22 AM

That command pilot wing is really nice.

The Aerial Navigator wing is still being made, isn't it? I've seen them in a more modern strike, however the anchors obviously are different.

This is a picture from the forum here:
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And this is from the Marine Shop catalog, sorry, this is the best picture I could find:
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So, there are still Aerial Navigators in the Navy/Marine Corps who rate wearing a wing, but no more radar operators who can wear wings?

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 07:55 AM

A Radar Wing I just picked up.

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A Navigator Wing, WWII I believe.

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 08:41 AM

Honestly, that's what I like about this forum. Just when I think I've seen everything that peaks my interest, someone shows something that completely knocks me over. Then, when you ask a stupid question like "show me your rare wings," people actually respond to your threads.

Considering I'm having a terrible day, I can come in to the forum and take a look at cool things that I have to start looking for to add to my collection.

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 08:56 AM

Considering I'm having a terrible day, I can come in to the forum and take a look at cool things that I have to start looking for to add to my collection.
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Then after you get them, you can have a terrible day when the mortgage come due! :w00t:

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 06:51 PM

A couple of USN wings:

pre WW2 made by Gaunt:

Wing_USN_Gaunt_Front.jpg Wings_USN_Gaunt_Rev.jpg

WW1 USN (With stars on the shield):
Wings_USN_WW1_Fr.jpg



Wow Kurt! Very nice WWI era Naval Aviator wing with stars in the upper shield. I can certainly understand why it would be one of your favorites.

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 07:03 PM

A couple of USN wings:

pre WW2 made by Gaunt:

Wing_USN_Gaunt_Front.jpg Wings_USN_Gaunt_Rev.jpg

WW1 USN (With stars on the shield):
Wings_USN_WW1_Fr.jpg


Nice wings hombre!

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 08:20 PM

It is REALLY tough to choose because the history of the person who wore them influences my "favorite". However, taking that particular factor out of the calculation and basing my choice purely on aesthetics, I would have to say this one (this week); an English made WWI US wing.

The detail is beyond description...

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 08:23 PM

This one may be my most rare attributed example...

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 09:36 PM

This wing has a special place in my collection. Bold & Beautiful!

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 11:42 PM

This wing has a special place in my collection. Bold & Beautiful!

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Absolutely stunning wings boys!

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Posted 09 October 2010 - 01:25 AM

To me none says USAAF any better.

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Posted 09 October 2010 - 05:42 AM

Since Dad was a navigator, I'm partial to those intricate designs. This Beverlycraft wing has all the right characteristics in my book...highly detailed device design and a wonderful old tone.

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Posted 09 October 2010 - 07:32 AM

WW1 USN (With stars on the shield):
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That's one scarce wing Kurt - is it hallmarked?

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Posted 09 October 2010 - 09:59 AM

More interesting additions thanks for posting them Cilff & Paul.

Paul - I agree the BC navigator does have a very nice design combination when looking at the sweep of the wing tips and the details in the shoulders in contrast to the armillary center device.

Cliff - is that a teaser photo? Too small for my eyes to see the details lol

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Posted 09 October 2010 - 11:58 AM

Cliff - is that a teaser photo? Too small for my eyes to see the details lol

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:crying: Not a teaser John, just an old photo. Here's a fresh one. ^_^


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Posted 09 October 2010 - 08:57 PM

To me none says USAAF any better.



Now that a nice photo... it this an attributed wing?

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Posted 09 October 2010 - 09:33 PM

Now that a nice photo... it this an attributed wing?

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Hi John,

Yep, it belonged to Colonel James R. Cunningham. He was Director or Communications, AAF Headquarters, Washington, DC between 1942 and 1944.

Some folks believe this style embroidered badge was made in England; however, they were actually made in the U.S. This particular one was purchased by Colonel Cunningham at Luxenberg's location in Washington, DC. I've also got his Luxenberg "Second Pattern" badge in sterling silver but of the two... this is the one I've always favored. :rolleyes:

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Posted 09 October 2010 - 10:09 PM

Hi John,

Yep, it belonged to Colonel James R. Cunningham. He was Director or Communications, AAF Headquarters, Washington, DC between 1942 and 1944.

Some folks believe this style embroidered badge was made in England; however, they were actually made in the U.S. This particular one was purchased by Colonel Cunningham at Luxenberg's location in Washington, DC. I've also got his Luxenberg "Second Pattern" badge in sterling silver but of the two... this is the one I've always favored. :rolleyes:

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Cliff,

That is a most beautiful wing. If I am seeing correctly, the shoulder areas are formed using a scalloped metal overlay...??? I have NEVER seen that before - unusual and highly skilled craftsmanship.

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Posted 10 October 2010 - 07:10 AM

I'd have to say these are my favorite pair of wings considering they're the only ones I've got. Sorry for the ribbons but it's the only photo of the wings I have. They're sewn onto an English made Ike.

I've gotta admit I would like to get some more wings now though!

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e278/vargseld/Mlitaria/IMG_1124.jpg

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