The USAF Pilot Wing or metal insignia / badge is the official rank and wing within the United States Air Force, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard.
The first United States Aviator Badges were issued to members of the Air Service during World War I. The badges were issued in three degrees: Observer (a “US” shield and one left-side wing), Junior Aviator or Reserve Aviation Officer (a “US” shield between two wings), and Senior Aviator (a star over “US” shield between two wings). The Army Air Service also issued a badge for balloon pilots, known as the Aeronaut Badge.
During World War II, with the rise of the Army Air Forces, a second series of aviator badges were issued to include a design that has survived to the modern day. The Pilot Badge was issued in three degrees, including Pilot, Senior Pilot, and Command Pilot.
- Sizes: 8cm (3,1 inch) x 3,5cm (1,4 inch)
- Two pins back
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