Noelle Posted December 16, 2022 Share #1 Posted December 16, 2022 So when I’m dealing with an emotional hit regarding aviation, I make myself feel better by seeking out something to do with my beloved WASP ladies to remind myself that, if they could deal with the crap they did in the 1940s to fly, then I’ve got to get through crap now to fly. They’re why I’ve wanted to fly my whole life and never gave up even when I was told to my face that things relating to math and science were for boys, told this by my parents and others who should have been in my corner. They’re why I started learning, and a large part of why I haven’t given up even when I’ve been treated pretty meanly. There’s a reason women pilots are still under 7%, and less if you factor out those who weren’t pushed into quitting while still students. It’s discouraging, and I’m feeling discouraged right now by some comments made to me by people who shouldn’t have said what they did. I don’t like crying, but have spent much of the past 24 hours in tears anyway. But if I acquire something from the WASPs, then it’s like being kicked in the rump and told I’m not allowed to give up because of roadblocks tossed in front of me, and because of comments by jerks who are trying to tear me down, even when those jerks are supposed to be better than that. And yes, sex has to do with it—these jerks have consistently encouraged men, but been consistently horrid to women, holding women to blatantly different standards and saying we should be expected to prove ourselves more. I’m leaving out a lot of detail because it’s not crap anyone will care about, but it’s still just hard. And I need a boost. Before I go off and emotion-bid money I don’t actually have to spare at the moment, I want some input on if these seem like they could be authentic reunion wings. Acquiring another authentic set of WWII wings is out of the budget for now, but I need something to help me pull myself through. The seller says, “VINTAGE POST WORLD WAR TWO WASP WOMEN AIR FORCE SERVICE PILOT WINGS STERLING. These wings are of post WWII 1950's-1960's era manufacture for WASP reunion purposes. This is a very nice quality die struck badge. They measure about 3 inches long. The reverse features a pin back with a roller catch & is marked "STERLING". The oval spot you see on the reverse is from where an old antique store price sticker was once placed. In overall very good condition showing some age tarnish & patina.” They’re currently at $250, but will probably close at much more, and so I need to really minimize the risk right now. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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