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Another beautiful, custom embroidered bullion civilian pilot wing. This is actually a biographical wing and belonged to Carlton Ford James. The first picture shows him wearing the wing at 23 years old. The second is Carlton at 87.39456A92-747D-4521-81AE-668E531F88FD_1_105_c.jpeg752CD878-B0B3-4C01-AE9B-80D878F36B6F_1_105_c.jpegCarltonFordJamesCI23.jpgCarltonFordJamesCI87.jpg

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This is a really handsome wing that starts with a base of an American Emblem & Co standard pilot and adding this custom made flight instructor banner. This wing was originally part of the Warren Carroll collection. This is the wing that is illustrated in Jon Maguire's book "More Silver Wings, Pinks & Greens", page #333 and is similar to Russ' wing.

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One of my favorites, a Desert Aero school wing based on a Noble pilot wing base. Because of the time period when these Noble wings were made, this wing is probably late 30s-pre-WWII. Desert Aero was a contract school out in Inyokern, CA,  located in the Mojave desert. The small field was called Harvey Field at the time and now is part of the China Lake Weapons Testing facilities. There is not a lot of information about the field or its owners. They tried to build a bigger school and bigger facilities but came up against funding issues and lack of support from town councils. 

 

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Part of the enamel field series of wings, these two feature Shaw Field and Robbins Field.

Shaw field is located in Sumter, SC and was activated on 30 August, 1941. It was named for a Sumter native, 1st Lieutenant Ervin David Shaw, who was one of the first Americans to fly combat missions in WWI. It was both a primary and advanced school.

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 Hey Tod, those are some very nice additions to the thread!  Thank you for your efforts. 

I wonder if your matching pair of "T.P." collar brass might represent the "Twenty-nine Palms" school?      

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Russ,

 

From this booklet posted online about Twentynine Palms Air Academy, who ran the school and the field, their wings and nomenclature had them using TAA. Take a look: https://www.yumpu.com/xx/document/read/56460726/6010-f-clampout-condor-field

 

 

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Wow! What a nice Kelly Field patch!  I especially like the way they incorporated the USAAF colors into the PT design! Thanks for posting...

 

And thank you Tod for posting the additional info on the Twenty-nine Palms Flight School. It's all worthy info... 

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So I have had these for some time. Does anyone know what school they go to? 1.5" in diameter. 

 

Reminds me of the Chicago School of Aircraft Instruments Women's Aircraft Instrument Tech small round patches but they are of a different color. 

 

 

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On 8/5/2020 at 9:04 AM, rathbonemuseum.com said:

Russ,

 

From this booklet posted online about Twentynine Palms Air Academy, who ran the school and the field, their wings and nomenclature had them using TAA. Take a look: https://www.yumpu.com/xx/document/read/56460726/6010-f-clampout-condor-field

 

 

Back to the Twenty Nine Palms...Yes, it was TAA. Here is a shirt that was on Ron Burkey's site that has since been sold. 

 

 

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