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  1. Thank you for replying. I don't see them very often. I think I got them at the old Col Bubbie's in Galveston.
  2. A little more information: The slider has a vertically oriented RAPID on the "pull". Underneath the actual slider mechanism is marked USA with a P inside a C (doesn't look like a complete circle).
  3. I have a pair of U.S.A.F. khaki shorts missing a bunch of teeth from it's zipper, almost half. It's in good shape otherwise. The missing teeth are scattered, not all on one end. The remaining teeth don't seem particularly corroded or anything. Does anyone know a source for a replacement, either NOS or an appropriate modern alternative? Next I'll have to find a good seamstress. I know some will say leave it alone, just pin it together for display. But occasionally, about once a year; some of my vintage U.S.A.F. uniforms are worn at various functions as sort of "living history" at the A.F. B
  4. Thank you. Yes, I was awarded the Senior Communications - Electronics Maintenance badge after it was established even though I had retrained as a Flight Engineer (aircrew). I was asking because that design is now the Radar and Airfield Systems Maintenance badge and people where I work were looking for them. I'm a Civil Service Instructor for the Airfield Systems maintenance course. The Air Force decided that Ground Radar Maintenace and Airfield Systems career fields were not a "cyber" career field and started transferring the function and personnel from the Communications Squadrons to the Oper
  5. Thanks. So the original design was still being worn until the change in '69? Wow, I didn't think they wore the old "flying ice cream cone" that late. Now I'd like to find out when it was first authorized.
  6. Does anyone know what dates these were authorized? Thanks.
  7. I just acquired an old dog tag machine. Does anyone have anything on its care and feeding?
  8. Does anyone have any information on what tools went in the B-2 (Apprentice) Mechanic's Tool Pouch? SInce this was an Air Force item I am thinking it was aircraft related, but maybe it was for the motor pool. Any information would be appreciated.
  9. This is what it looks like - http://historical.ha.com/c/item.zx?saleNo=6087&lotIdNo=20017#Photo except the one I have is missing the side knobs and has a gold visor. Here's a picture of one being held by Joe Engle, the only man to manually control the re-entry of two different winged vehicles from space - the X-15 and the space shuttle -
  10. I have an HGK-13/P22S-2 helmet missing side knobs and few other miscellaneous parts, but with a nice gold full visor and the U.S.A.F. decal like the one the one on early single visor helmets (HGU-2, etc.). The David Clark company just today replied that they don't have any information because they aren't required to keep any government records more than 5 years! Kind of surprised there isn't an archive of historic information, but then again it's a different generation I guess. Anyway, I'm looking for an illustrated parts breakdown or at least a parts list (anything). Anyone here have any
  11. So exactly what do you have of the blue stuff - jackets, flight suits, ... ?
  12. flightmac

    NCO Wings

    Not true, but it's not well known: "Half of the first graduating class of flying sergeants went overseas with the P-38-equipped 82nd Fighter Group. Members of this class shot down 130 enemy aircraft, and nine became aces. In all, former sergeant pilots destroyed 249.5 enemy aircraft and 18 became aces flying fighters. William J. Sloan was the leading ace of the 12th Air Force with 12 victories. Four WWII enlisted pilots became general officers (seven pre-WWII enlisted pilots also became generals). Also included among former sergeant pilots are international race car driver Carroll H. Shelb
  13. Please, inform your residence country, time of collection, and main focus of your collection! USA (Louisiana), ~35 years, Cold War U.S.A.F. (especially flight related and/or enlisted)
  14. flightmac

    NCO Wings

    There were approximately 3,000 "Sergeant Pilots" from WWI to WWII. Most were eventually commissioned as Second Lieutenants or became "Flight Officers", a kind of Warrant Officer (Chuck Yeager started out as a "Sergeant Pilot"). The last actually actually flying as a NCO pilot retired in 1957! I can't find my copy quickly, but check out "They Also Flew, The Enlisted Pilot Legacy, 1912-1942" by Lee Arbon for full details. I found it a fascinating book.
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