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Marty, I hope it turns out to be a good one as well. The ebay description states it's 2 3/4 inches in width. That's 1/2 inch smaller than the known originals. This smaller variation has a straight and level edge which runs along the top of the wing. The larger version has much more pronounced shoulders which are higher than the tips and distant portion of the wings.

 

As Cliff mentioned, the differences might be attributed to the craftsman changing his design from one piece to the next? Ultimately, once you have the badge in hand, you'll be looking for deeper recesses between the feathering and sharper overall details than the current ebay illustrations depict.

 

 

 

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I was told the name of my bombardier but was asked not to pass it on. I am supposed to be getting a letter with the wing that will have some more information for me. In any event, with the name I was able to check for men with the same first initial and last name and found four candidates, one of which graduated from Kirtland in class 42-08. I don't have class books for any of the four candidates but a friend can hopefully help rule out two of them by checking his books, and another friend might be able to confirm I have the right class for my guy. I will post more when I get the wing and more information.

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Here is a full sized Observer Wing that is Sterling.Would like to know if it is authentic,and when where and by who this one was made,if possible.I looked on the WW2 Wings website but did'nt find a match.Sellers pics.

 

 

Thanks!

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High Flight

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth

And danced the skies on laughter-silver wings;

Sunward I've climbed and joined the tumbling mirth

Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things

You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung

High in the sunlit silence. Hovering there

I've chased the shouting wind along and flung

My eager craft through footless halls of air.

Up, up the long delirious, burning blue

I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace,

where never lark, or even eagle flew;

and while, with silent, lifting mind I've trod

The high untrespassed sanctity of space,

Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

 

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June 9, 1922 – December 11, 1941

 

 

 

" And each man stands with his face in the light of his own drawn sword. Ready to do what a hero can." - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

 

 

Don't let the B@stards wear you down -"Vinegar" Joe Stillwell

 

 

Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world.Unreasonable

people attempt to adapt the world to themselves.All progress,

therefore, depends on unreasonable people.

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It looks ok. I doubt you'll ever figure out who made these.

 

 

Thanks for the thumbs up Patrick.

High Flight

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth

And danced the skies on laughter-silver wings;

Sunward I've climbed and joined the tumbling mirth

Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things

You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung

High in the sunlit silence. Hovering there

I've chased the shouting wind along and flung

My eager craft through footless halls of air.

Up, up the long delirious, burning blue

I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace,

where never lark, or even eagle flew;

and while, with silent, lifting mind I've trod

The high untrespassed sanctity of space,

Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

 

John Gillespie Magee, Jr.

June 9, 1922 – December 11, 1941

 

 

 

" And each man stands with his face in the light of his own drawn sword. Ready to do what a hero can." - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

 

 

Don't let the B@stards wear you down -"Vinegar" Joe Stillwell

 

 

Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world.Unreasonable

people attempt to adapt the world to themselves.All progress,

therefore, depends on unreasonable people.

George Bernard Shaw

 

 

" Don't piss down my back and tell me it's raining" , Fletcher,from the movie "The outlaw Josey Wales"

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Here are some hopefully better pictures of the Navaho bombardier wing. It arrived sooner than I expected. The details are very sharp in person, and I was surprised how thin the wing is. I was expecting a very heavy, thick wing and it is not at all. Although the metal is thin, the wing has incredible depth with the shoulders bulging outward almost as far as the center bomb fin. The target rings look to have been added to the center circle. It is also just 2-5/8" wide. The story was this was purchased as a gift for a sweetheart for a girlfriend the bombardier met in Albuquerque, so that would fit with this having been made so much smaller than regulation wings.

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Thanks for the link,not sure how I missed those.. :blink:

High Flight

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth

And danced the skies on laughter-silver wings;

Sunward I've climbed and joined the tumbling mirth

Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things

You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung

High in the sunlit silence. Hovering there

I've chased the shouting wind along and flung

My eager craft through footless halls of air.

Up, up the long delirious, burning blue

I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace,

where never lark, or even eagle flew;

and while, with silent, lifting mind I've trod

The high untrespassed sanctity of space,

Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

 

John Gillespie Magee, Jr.

June 9, 1922 – December 11, 1941

 

 

 

" And each man stands with his face in the light of his own drawn sword. Ready to do what a hero can." - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

 

 

Don't let the B@stards wear you down -"Vinegar" Joe Stillwell

 

 

Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world.Unreasonable

people attempt to adapt the world to themselves.All progress,

therefore, depends on unreasonable people.

George Bernard Shaw

 

 

" Don't piss down my back and tell me it's raining" , Fletcher,from the movie "The outlaw Josey Wales"

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Hi, Just acquired this Air Gunner wing. Marked Sterling & Balfour and with two rivets? WW2?

 

Thoughts welcome. .

 

Stevie.

 

 

In case some members have had trouble pulling up the three photos from the website posted by Stevie, the images have been posted below for review. Thoughts welcome:

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