Fabric, Insignia, 139th Aero Squadron, United States Army Air Service


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:

This "Mercury" fabric insignia represented the 139th Aero Squadron of the United States Army Air Service during World War I. It was removed from a Spad 13 belonging to the unit.

The 139th Aero Squadron was a day pursuit (fighter) squadron as part of the 2d Pursuit Group, First United States Army. After the 1918 Armistice with Germany the squadron returned to the United States in June 1919 and was demobilized.

Collection Item Long Description:

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 the family of Robert S. Sanford


Overall: painted and doped linen


2-D - Unframed (H x W): 56.5 x 90.8cm (22 1/4 x 35 3/4 in.)

Country of Origin


Physical Description

United States Army Air Service (USAAS) 139th Aero Squadron aircraft fabric insignia; Roman god Mercury depicted in white paint on olive-green camouflage background fabric; six red, white, and blue American roundels depicted; 34 black German crosses depicted.



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