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Lee Ragan

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  1. The small cracks in the dome would have been enough to send this one to the salvage yard. I remember sending a lot of flying helmets out that way. Wish I could have kept at least one of them.
  2. Beautiful helmet! I've been looking for one like it for several years now. Thanks for showing it to us.
  3. Why are the Sergeants chevrons in the Riker mount pointed upside down?
  4. That's an F-101B Voodoo interceptor. They stayed in ANG service into the late 70's I believe. When I was stationed at K.I. Sawyer AFB Michigan 1966-1970, the 62nd Fighter Interceptor Squadron flew these until late 1970. ANG units flew older fighters thru the 1960's and beyond. In 1966, the Illinois ANG was still flying F-84's. Talk about noise! The F-101: fast, sexy and LOUD!
  5. Texas and Mississippi both used single star buttons during the War of Southern Independence.
  6. Who had that old advertising jingle that said: "Powder your teeth, don't paste 'em." ?
  7. I agree with Allan on this, 100%. And by the way, what's the deal with all this "ish" added to words.
  8. How about posting a photo of one of those authentic WWII era planes marked in this manner.
  9. What's the deal with those wing markings? WWII German aircraft all had black cross markings on the wings, top and bottom. This Bf109 looks to have fuselage markings applied to the top of both wings. I've known since early childhood that scale model aircraft should represnt an actual aircraft. Not some "artistic whim" of the model builder. Just my humble opinion.
  10. No, definitely NOT Civil Air Patrol. If they are USAF Academy, they would be early, not currently used. Very possible AFROTC.
  11. Yes, but I don't know what exactly.
  12. Yes, these types of ribbons were for war production workers.
  13. The red bar could be a WWII era Civil Air Patrol "Red Service Stripe". They also were made in white and blue. Rare an seldom used. These were introduced in July 1942 and used till the end of WWII. Replaced by ribbons that designated length of service.
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