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Old 14-08-22, 04:47 AM
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Hi to all,
Does anyone have an example of a pair of pilots wings as worn by qualified FAA pilot ratings?
These do appear in the stores' lists as pattern 94 and are a different and cheaper price to the officers version so must be different some how.

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Barry
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Old 14-08-22, 09:15 AM
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Hi Mate,
Got this information from "The World of Military Wings - The Anglian Collection" Facebook group page.

"The yellow/gold silk woven wing as known to have been worn by some RN FAA CPO pilots on their #2 dress uniform. There is some debate about this as this wing is not referred to in regulations. However, it should be noted that the Royal Canadian Navy Fleet Air Arm did have such a yellow CPO badge (though somewhat simplified) and they did tend to copy the RN. Lack of reference to this badge in regulations could indicate that the RNFAA CPO's chose to copy their Canadian counterparts and it was tacitly accepted."

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Gareth
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Old 14-08-22, 09:38 AM
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Hi Gareth,
Thanks for the information.
The badge in your photo looks like a QC version.
All the primary source references I have looked at state that the officers badge had a silver anchor.

I strongly suspect that the Ratings gold flying badge has a gold embroidered (metallic) anchor. This is most likely the same for rating observers as detailed in AFO4491 of September 1942 which introduced this badge and says it is SIMILAR to the officers version (AFO4490).

I would like to see photos of both these badges that are fully embroidered in gold.
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