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This is a group of patches from aircraft manufacturers located in Wichita KS during WW2. Beech, Cessna and Boeing still exist. To the best of my knowledge, none of these patches were used after the war. These companies brought in tens of thousands of workers from across the US to meet production needs. This Beech patch (5”) featuring the ‘Beech Busy Bee’ was created by Walt Disney especially for Beech. The same design came in a small enamel pin in two sizes. The patch was presented with an award document also featuring the same design. The winged B (4 ½” across) is a merit award, one of which the bee has on his chest, though the wing is on the opposite side (artistic license). Beech primarily built trainers though I have been told that some of the trainers were converted into bombers for the Chinese.

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The Cessna patch (5 ½” across) was actually designed about 1935 but was worn by employees throughout the war. Cessna also built trainers and the Waco glider. Swallow (the patch is 10 1/2" wide) started out building biplanes in the twenties but by WW2 they were operating a school training mechanics for the other local aircraft companies.

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The Boeing ‘Mosquito’ patch (7’ tall) was sewn to the back of coveralls. The oval patch (3 ¾”) was sewn on the shoulder of the coveralls. The Wichita Division built the B-29. Also pictured is a wartime Boeing document showing the various badges worn throughout the company. It explained who wore them and what they allowed the wearer to do and where they could go within the company.

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i've posted these previously but they fit this thread quite nicely.

 

 

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"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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Sweet patches!

 

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Love the Boeing, Consolidated and Martin patches. Fantastic examples!


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The Boeing ‘Mosquito’ patch (7’ tall) was sewn to the back of coveralls. The oval patch (3 ¾”) was sewn on the shoulder of the coveralls. The Wichita Division built the B-29. Also pictured is a wartime Boeing document showing the various badges worn throughout the company. It explained who wore them and what they allowed the wearer to do and where they could go within the company.

 

 

Here they are! I seen this Boeing patch early and I really really like it. Any Boeing item with the original "Totem" is classic Boeing. The Boeing I started to work for in 1985. I have a small reproduction "Totem" on my shop coat over the the right breast pocket. Our older service pins have the N.W. look Totem on them.

The large one from Wichita like you have here is quite rare. I live in the Seattle area and have not even run across one of the Seattle Boeing coverall totem patches...yet.

KEF

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Some more Beechcraft patches from another Wichita Area Collector

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WANTED: U.S. MARKSMASHIP MEDALS AND BADGES AWARED FOR EXCELLENCE-IN-COMPETITION

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More local Wichita stuff

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Even more wichita stuff. These two are coverall back patches, used before Boeing absorbed Stearman.

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An unusal WW2 American Aircraft Industry patch from a company not usually associated with aircraft.

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Timken, part II

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Early Vultee patches, before the merger with Consolodated

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An interesting large coverall back aptch from Martin

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Thank you Tinman for your efforts in starting this terrific thread on aircraft manufacturer patches. Your patches, as well as Cookieman's contributions, have really renewed my interest in this collecting field. I recently picked up a large Cessna patch from a close friend. It is nearly a foot across from wing-tip to wing-tip. Like the example you posted, I assume it would have been worn on the back of a jacket or coveralls.

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Tinman, here's a couple of lapel pins similar to your beautiful large Boeing patch. The Wichita Division pin on the left is marked "Sterling". The one on the right is unmarked and appears to be gilt wash over brass. The smaller Boeing pin, in the center, is hallmarked "Josten 1/20th 10K".

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I recently picked up a large Cessna patch from a close friend. It is nearly a foot across from wing-tip to wing-tip.

That is impressive!



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The 12” Cessna patch is, as teufelhunde.ret commented "impressive" and just screams Aviation History. All of the patches shown on this thread are just wonderful. This is one of those collecting areas that evades many W.W.II collectors. Thanks for starting this thread Tinman. Gregg

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As a bit of a fanatic I think Rustywings’ 12” Cessna patch is incredible. As a follow-up, I would like to post some photos of Beech Busy Bee items. Beech promoted the Disney design quite a bit. They had four different enamel pins made: two 1 3/8” pin-backs in gold and silver and two 7/8” post & nut in gold and silver. The winged B’s are 13/16”, one gold with blue enamel and the other sterling with red enamel. The Award of Merit certificate is 11 ½” x 8 ¾”. They also made a 4” window decal. The 2” dia. Employees Club badge doesn’t look official but it’s kinda cool.

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Wow Tinman, you've posted a terrific collection of Beechcraft patches and pins! Regarding the cloth "Merit Awards", was there any significance in the single wing being on the left-side or right-side of the Beechcraft logo?


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