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Lieutenant Frederick Fuller, Spherical Balloon Pilot


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Danny,

 

Congrats on scoring this group. I think a lot of us have lusted after it since it first came out but couldn't really justify the price.

 

Top notch! Thanks for sharing. These photos alone advance the state-of-the-art when it comes to accessible, high-quality images of Dunham made wings.

 

A truly unique group.

 

Chris

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Superb group

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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This is a nice group of wings and insignia owned by Lt Frederick Fuller

 

That WWI Military Aeronaut wing in Sterling Silver was custom made for Lieutenant Fuller by someone who worked for the firm of Dan S. Dunham in San Antonio, TX.

 

A few interesting features seen on this badge:

 

The two wings attached to the balloon (and the one wing on the observer badge) were struck from dies owned by Dunham - as can be seen in the bottom photo posted below. Similar examples of these wings can be seen in the book by J. Duncan Campbell, "Aviation Badges and Insignia of the United States Army 1913-1946," page 15, number 20, and page 17, number 22.

 

The hinge, its pin and the U-shaped safety catch date from 1918.

 

In the top photo, notice the red dots penciled in to indicate the point were the thin silver shroud lines were attached to the balloon envelope. What a nice touch.

 

In the second image it is plain to see the gold letters 'US' were attached to the balloon slightly off-center.

 

In both the top and middle image one cannot help but notice the irregular shape of the fabric covered brass back-plate. Maybe the craftsman who cut it out was in a bit of a hurry as Lieutenant Fuller patiently waited for him to put the badge together? Frankly, I think there is a strong possibility that is exactly what happened.

 

This unique badge would make a nice addition to any collection. . . as would any of the other insignia seen in this thread.

 

Cliff

 

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Fantastic collection! Congrats! Thanks for sharing. Bobgee

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"I have only two men out of my company and 20 out of some other company. We need support, but it is almost suicide to try to get it here as we are swept by machine gun fire and constant barrage is on us. I have no one on my left and only a few on my right. I will hold." (Message sent by 1st Lt. Clifton B. Cates. USMC, 96th Co., Soissons, 19 July 1918 - later 19th Commandant of the Marine Corps 1948-1952)

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A few months ago, I was fortunate enough to inspect this wonderful grouping in-hand. These four badges and two identifications absolutely radiate historic U.S. aviation! Dan, thank you for posting and sharing these detailed images.

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A "Spherical Balloon Pilot",that's just too cool B)

 

 

If the Wings are the "cake",then the documents are the "icing on the cake". ^_^

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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A "Spherical Balloon Pilot",that's just too cool B)

 

 

If the Wings are the "cake",then the documents are the "icing on the cake". ^_^

 

You and buy the wings and the icing on the cake......

 

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...and on the eighth day, God created the radial engine...

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