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Aviator Wings - Civil

(last wing added 20 February 2012)

 

 

All wings are genuine issue and not reproductions unless otherwise noted. My interest period is the golden years roughly being from the 1920's to late 1960's. It was during this period that pilots had to actually fly and navigate with a paper chart, rather than manage onboard computer and navigational systems.

Ignore the numbers on the stickers as they do not correlate to the actual W number. The numbering sequence was altered, however, some of the images were uploaded prior to the change.

PILOT - Pan Am Airways USA, circa 1952-1965 (W-142)

Hallmarked LGB. Wing was worn by Captain B. O. Roswald who flew for Pan Am in the 1940's (piloting flying boats) thru to the 1970's. This wing probably dates from the 1960's period. Pin back with 90 degree opening pin.

Rear of above wing (W-142)

Hallmarked LGB Pin back with 90 degree opening pin.

FLIGHT NURSE - Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS), circa 1980 (W-78)

Stamped AJ Parkes in recessed letters. Pin back RFDS is an iconic Australian institution responsible for aero-evacuation of remote locations within Australia. Pilot wing is identical but is full wing.

PILOT - Delta Airways USA, circa 1955-1965 (W-129)

No markings. Pin back with 90 degree opening pin.

Rear of above wing (W-129)

PILOT - TAA, circa 1946-1953 (W-113)

Trans Australia Airways (TAA). An uncommon wing with Kings Crown and inverted blue triangle. Several variants exist in the short span that the Kings Crown was used for this airline. After 1953 the crown was changed to the Queens Crown and in 1986 the airlines changed its name to Australian Airlines before being merged into the QANTAS network (TAA History). The style of this wing strongly suggests it was used in the earlier period 1940 through 1950. Compare this wing with the later style TAA wing (W-175).

Rear of above wing (W-113)

No markings. Large lugs are very common on Australian made awards and badge dating from this period. Wing is constructed from heavy brass metal.

PILOT - Transcontinental & Western Air (TWA) USA, circa 1930

A very uncommon wing. Re-strikes are in circulation. This is a genuine example. Note curved wing tips. Lugs on rear (broken off) TWA was formed in 1926 with Howard Hughes taking control in 1939. The airlines ceased operations in 2001. This wing predates 1945.

PILOT - QANTAS Airways, circa 1980

Wire bullion on black felt.

PILOT - Ansett Airways, circa 1980 (W-4)

No markings. Pin back ANSETT - Formerly one of Australia's leading airlines, along with Trans Australian Airlines (TAA) Ansett became defunct in early 2000. Rear of wing has standard newer type horizontal pin clasp.

NAVIGATOR/ENGINEER - Australia National Airways (ANA), circa 1936 (W-157)

King's Crown with red enamel. ANA was Australia's main airline carrier from mid 1936 through to 1953, when it was sold to Ansett Airlines. Wing constructed from heavy brass.

Rear of above wing (W-157)

Stamped Stokes & Sons on the rear with typical Australian/English C type clasp mechanism. Interestingly, most badges of this period were fitted with heavy lugs similar to W-113 above.

 

PILOT - KLM Airways, circa 1940 (W-151)

KLM Airlines are the flagship airlines of Holland. An interesting two piece construction wing incorporating a backing plate rarely seen. Blue enamel.

Rear of above wing (W-151)

No markings. Large lugs and uncommon steel plate backing piece.

 

 

 

PILOT - American Airlines, circa 1960 (W-161)

Heavy two inch curved wing. Actual issue data unknown, but probably 1960's.

Rear of above wing (W-162)

No markings. Heavy curve wing. 90 degree opening clasp.

PILOT - TAA, circa 1946-1953 (W-175)

Trans Australia Airways (TAA). An uncommon wing with Kings Crown. The Kings crown was changed to the Queens Crown after 1953. TAA, a Government airline replaced Australia National Airways (ANA) changing it name to Australian Airlines in 1986 prior to merging with the QANTAS networt.. Compare to W-113 above. This wing variant was introduced after W-113 as it sports the newer style kangaroo motif.

Rear of above wing (W-113)

Marked KG Luke Melbourne. Large screw lugs with screw on turn styles. Wing is constructed from heavy brass metal. Other makers can also be found (Wallace Brisbane). Note distinctive change of attachment screws from large bobbypin-style lugs in W113.

JUNIOR CLIPPER PILOT - Pan Am Airways USA, circa 1952-1965 (W-173)

No markings but hollow type construction. Not be confused with real pilot wings, these 2 inch wings were given to early flyers as a memento.

Rear of above wing (W-173)

No hallmarks or markings, hollow light construction brass with booby-pin style of clasp.

 

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