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This is a very thick, heavy and nicely made full-size ARMY/NAVY War Training Service Flight Instructor's wing. A near identical wing is illustrated in Jon Maguire's book "More Silver Wings, Pinks & Greens", page #333. The only difference is my wing is inscribed "WTS" between the words ARMY & NAVY...and the wing illustrated in the book is inscribed "CPT" between the words ARMY & NAVY. They both have the identical scroll attached to the top of the wing with the inscription "INSTRUCTOR". Also included in the picture are a pair of CAA collar insignia.

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Russ - thank you for posting so many beautiful wings and related items. This thread offers the reader a wonderful opportunity to educate themselves on a very important aspect of the war effort that that not only trained US pilots but those from many other countries from West to East. I also want to thanks the other posters that have been posting items from their collections to support this thread.

 

I hope that other collectors will come forward and share their wings or realted items to enhance this thread with photos, insignia, uniforms...

 

Thank you gentlemen!

John

Always looking for Wings & Named Air Medals!

Motto: To Collect, Preserve, and Remember!

 

 

 

 

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Hey John and Patrick, thank you for your contributions and support. My real collecting passion remains with US Navy and Army Air Corps flight badges...But I have to admit, these War Training Service insignia carry with them their own unique historical addiction. Considering the WTS was only around from 1939 to 1945, there's a wide variety of patches and badges to seek out and collect.

 

 

Here's a large early CAA cap badge with red and white enamel.

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I believe this CAA cap piece, with blue enamel, is "air" service related. And the previous cap piece with red enamel represents "ground" service. Please let me know if you have additional info on these types of Civil Aeronautics Administration badges.

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Boeing Civilian Instructor patch. It has a couple of moth nips and some of the red stitching is missing from the word "Boeing", but still in pretty good shape. Any idea what the small red star represents?

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WWII Texas A&M College ROTC flying cadet and flight instructor badges and insignia.

 

The big hat badge is post war and is the one currently used. A WWII vintage cap badge would look like the US Army officers badge except the "glory" above the eagles head would be replaced by a scroll that said "A.M.C.".

Nice looking Aggie corps collection by the way! :thumbsup: I chase that stuff too.

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So many new items to see :thumbsup: I wanted to say that I really like the custom WTS wings in post # 149 & 151.

 

Sweet!

 

John

Always looking for Wings & Named Air Medals!

Motto: To Collect, Preserve, and Remember!

 

 

 

 

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So many new items to see :thumbsup: I wanted to say that I really like the custom WTS wings in post # 149 & 151.

 

Sweet!

 

John

 

Here is an unknown wing that came from the grouping of a BFTS training school that instructed British cadets in US flight schools.

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