Badge, Pilot, Airmail, Bob Shank


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

An Air Mail Pilot's Wings

Air mail pilots wore heavy flight suits instead of uniforms, but they were issued badges or wings for identification, as in this photo of pilot Wilfred A. "Tony" Yackey. Northwest Airlines still issues similar wings to its pilots.

Gift of Robert Shank

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Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Credit Line

Donated by Robert Shank


Overall: Gold


3-D: 6.4 x 1.3 x 2cm (2 1/2 x 1/2 x 13/16 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America

Physical Description

United States Air Mail pilot's badge; one piece stamped gold wings with raised letter text "PILOT US AIR MAIL"; Reverse, inscribed text on "BOB SHANK, 1918"



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