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The lamp and "knowledge" in the motto suggest a school or a training unit. The aircraft depicted is an F-4, so this dates back a bit. I would guess this is a training unit for tactical air control.

Gil Burket
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of the Vietnam War

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USAFpatches.com only shows that motto for the 12th Tactical Intelligence Sq. But the design is different. It is possible that this an older version. I'd swear I have seen this before.

 

http://gallery.usafpatches.com/thumbnails.php?search=Knowledge+Through+Guidance&submit=search&album=search&title=on&newer_than=&older_than=&type=AND&user1=on&user2=on&user3=on&user4=on

 

https://catalog.archives.gov/id/6426088

Gil Burket
Omaha, NE
Specializing in Fakes and Reproductions
of the Vietnam War

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"One is easily fooled by that which one loves."

 

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Thank you for pointing to the earlier post. Let's see if anybody can nail this down with a positive ID.

Gil Burket
Omaha, NE
Specializing in Fakes and Reproductions
of the Vietnam War

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"One is easily fooled by that which one loves."

 

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This has to do with the Technical Assistance Field Team in Iran. These TAFTs combined USAF personnel and company tech reps to help conversions to US equipment, in this case the F-4 to Iran. There might be more info on this, but I can't remember. Hope this points you in the right direction.

 

Randy

MSgt USAF (Ret)

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I had to edit this and it is now out of order.

 

 

One thing that confirms this is that the colors of the patch match the flag of Iran. That makes this interesting as it would be specific to a limited period of history.

 

Before the fall of the Shah, there were quite a few civilian contractors as well living on long term assignment advising the Imperial Iranian Air Force.

Gil Burket
Omaha, NE
Specializing in Fakes and Reproductions
of the Vietnam War

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"One is easily fooled by that which one loves."

 

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Here is a Navy Helicopter TAFT Iran piece I posted here on the Forum some time back

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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.

 

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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Well, since everyone is adding some more nice ones, here's another. Early 80s F-4Es in Egypt. They had a hard time with maintenance there initially, but are still flying them today. There are computer made repros of this patch, the originals were made in Taiwan as shown.

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MSgt USAF (Ret)

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