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France Air Force Non-Commissioned Pilot Badge pre 1916

France Air Force Non-Commissioned Pilot Badge pre 1916

In the early days of military aviation the badges used to identify pilots varied considerably from simple to complex. In France prior to 1916 a woven badge was worn on the arm, in different patterns for enlisted men, non-commissioned officers and commissioned officers. These were made in tailor shops and conformed generally to a written description, but varied considerably in fine detail. This badge is in general conformity with the non-commissioned officer arm badge, using both woven silk and bullion wire elements on a wool backing. Some pilots did not like the arm badge and elected to wear a variety of jeweller manufactured golden birds to represent their status. In 1916 the Government designed and issued a bi-colour metal badge worn on the right breast officially and that same badge is in use today.

Chris Langley

Image size: 1930 x 649, 0.9Mb | Camera details: | Date uploaded: 25/06/2018

Chris Langley | France Air Force Non-Commissioned Pilot Badge pre 1916
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