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A little blurry, but this picture shows a flight instructor from Cal Aero wearing a similar piece on his overseas cap.

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During 1943, a number of Flight Instructors wore a pair of the smaller airplane profile insignia on their collars. Here's an image of the overseas cap piece and two different collar pieces. (The small pin without prop represents Cal Aero Flight Academy. The small pin with the three bladed prop represents Polaris Flight Academy).

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All three pieces for size comparison.

 

Those are neat Cal-Aero items. I posted this one before, but I think this rare Cal-Aero wing deserves another view with his brethren.

 

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The Cal Aero, Polaris and Mira Loma cap badges have always been my favorite! With the V for Victory incorporated into the wing design and the red, white and blue roundel…….just can’t get any better for my taste. Does anyone have an idea or documentation as to who designed it and what year they started to use them? Gregg

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John Cooper

More great additions and I love the photos of them in wear! Is the maker of the Cal Aero, Mira Loma and Polaris Flight School badges known?

 

John

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More great additions and I love the photos of them in wear! Is the maker of the Cal Aero, Mira Loma and Polaris Flight School badges known?

 

John

 

Thank you for your kind comments. John, the solid-back cap pieces are hallmarked "ENTENMANN - STERLING". The Entenmann - Rovin Company was established in Los Angeles in 1888. They are still in business today and produce police and fire badges. Here's a close up photo of the hallmark. It's difficult to see with the heavy tarnish.

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John Cooper

Thanks for the extra details Russ. The bottom three badges from post # 323 appear to be very think and heavy (quality badges)! Looks like Entenmann's currently makes some very nice badges and wings too!

 

Cheers

John

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John Cooper

Here is a recent pickup - it looks good to me based on those already posted but I am open it all opinions.

 

Cheers

 

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Here is a recent pickup - it looks good to me based on those already posted but I am open it all opinions.

 

Cheers

 

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Nice looking Flight Instructor's wings John!.

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A closer view. The silver pilot wing is riveted to the gold plate. The words "U.S. Army Air Corps" are inscribed at the bottom.

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The back of the wings are inscribed with the instructor's name "R.L. Smithy". The hallmark reads "FORESTNER - 1/20TH 12 KT G. F. - STERLING EMBLEM"

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John Cooper

Russ that is a beauty of a bracelet! I love the rivited wings and the quality. Any backround on the instructor from your references?

 

John

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Here's the hallmark on the back of the flight instructor's bracelet. Sorry John, I have nothing more on the instructor himself.

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I just read this thread... it's now one of my favorites. The material is seldom seen, the photos are excellent. Thanks to all the contibutors and especially to Russ and Patrick. It takes time and effort to make these great photos and posts... much appreciated!

 

I have a bullion instrutor's sleeve badge that I didn't see so here it is. Any comments are very much appreciated!

 

When was it appropriate to wear the sleeve badge?

 

Adam Lewis

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I just read this thread... it's now one of my favorites. The material is seldom seen, the photos are excellent. Thanks to all the contibutors and especially to Russ and Patrick. It takes time and effort to make these great photos and posts... much appreciated!

Adam Lewis

 

Hello Adam,

Thank you for your nice Flight Instructor contribution and kind words. What I like about these WWII era Instructor's sleeve insignia is the wide variety of sizes, materials and designs out there. I hope we can keep the ball rolling and lure more collectors to post their variations. Here's a couple of images of a recent ebay purchase. This example has been applied to a metal plate with clutches for easy removal from the right sleeve for cleaning.

Russ

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This Flight Instructor example is much lager than the ones illustrated on page #10, post #184, of this thread. This badge is more than 2 & 3/4 inches in width.

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Brayton Flight School cap badge.

 

REF POST #15: This badge has been misidentified ever since it was published in one of Bender's Publications quite a few years ago. It is actually from Buck's Flying Service, Lovell Field, Chattanooga, Tennessee. Extensive research has revealed no relationship between this badge and Brayton Flying Service. Buck's FS was one of hundreds of civilian flying schools that supported the CAA War Training Service. In my next few posts will add pix of additional insignia from Buck's.

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REF POST #15: This badge has been misidentified ever since it was published in one of Bender's Publications quite a few years ago. It is actually from Buck's Flying Service, Lovell Field, Chattanooga, Tennessee. Extensive research has revealed no relationship between this badge and Brayton Flying Service. Buck's FS was one of hundreds of civilian flying schools that supported the CAA War Training Service. In my next few posts will add pix of additional insignia from Buck's.

 

REF POST #15 - Buck's Flying Service - Cloth Cap Badge for Flight Cap

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REF POST #15 - Buck's Flying Service - Cloth Cap Badge for Flight Cap

 

REF POST #15 - Buck's Flying Service - Cloth Uniform Collar / Lapel Insignia

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REF POST #15 - Buck's Flying Service - Cloth Uniform Collar / Lapel Insignia

 

REF POST #15 - Buck's Flying Service - Cloth Instructor Pilot Wing

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