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Article about: I've had these wings since the early 1980's bought locally from an antique store for \\$20 if I remember correctly. I really don't know the age / era they are from or what qualifications were

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    I've had these wings since the early 1980's bought locally from an antique store for $20 if I remember correctly.

    I really don't know the age / era they are from or what qualifications were needed to obtain the level of "command Pilot" but I have always liked them and they have survived in my collection to this day.

    Any help here guys ( I've a new cell phone and the cameras are getting so good!! )

    Thanks champs!
    Dan
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    " When you're chewing on life's gristle, don't grumble, give a whistle "

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    They are a WWII non-Sterling set, British made
    - or at least the pattern is British. 'Firmin' of
    London made US wings. There are also
    a couple of Aussie companies that
    did as well.

    To obtain Command pilot wings a pilot had to
    accumulate 2,000 hours flying time........


    A similar set on a really great site about flying
    badges. As you can see on this set, the
    wreath is separately attached :

    http://www.ww2wings.com/wings/usaaf/...pilota31.shtml
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Thanks Steve.

    2000 hours flying in ww2. ... luck was with him for sure ( unless all hus hours were pre war )

    Dan
    " When you're chewing on life's gristle, don't grumble, give a whistle "

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    Indeed, all flight time was counted from training
    onward. Not sure if combat hrs were doubled.
    A lot of active WWII pilots - if they weren't
    shot down and killed, achieved Senior
    rating.

    Interestingly, I have a post-war Senior Pilot
    wing made by Assman.........
    Regards,


    Steve.

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