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Interesting naval aviator wings


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Here's a neat set of full sized navy pilot wings that I picked up recently for $5. From the front, they look like just a nice pair of post-WWII clutch backed wings.

 

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The back, however, is much more interesting! It's marked in raised letters "NAVY LEAGUE OF THE U.S.", along with "1/20 10K GF" and "BB CO" (Bastian Brothers). According to Willis and Carmichael's United States Navy Wings of Gold book, these were presentation wings given by the Navy League to the honor graduate of each naval aviator flight class. Does anyone have any additional information to add to this? I'd be interested to learn the approximate time period these types of wings were given, or if they are still being presented to today's pilots.

 

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I've owned these before, they seem to date to the late 1950's abd 1960's

 

Bill

"The Americans on this Island are not ordinary troops, but Marines, a special force recruited from jails and insane asylums for blood lust." -Japanese Newspaper found during the Battle of Guadalcanal - "They Got That Right!!" Chesty Puller

 

 

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