Flight Surgeon Badge, Imperial Russian 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 is an example of a Flight Surgeon's badge from from the Imperial Russian Air Service.

These particular badge belonged to Lt. Col. K.N. Finne. He served as the Senior Flight Surgeon for the Imperial Russian Airship Squadron and assisted with Igor Sikorsky during the development of the Il’ya Muromets. He detailed the accounts of Sikorsky in Russia during this period in his book, "Igor Sikorsky: the Russian Years."

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Physical Description

Enameled silver Imperial Russian Air Service flight surgeon badge; Imperial Russian double headed eagle crest depicted in center surmounted by the Russian imperial crown and surrounded by a laurel leaf wreath; a caduceus with two snakes drinking from a goblet depicted in turquoise enamel below imperial crest.

Credit Line

Gift of K.N. Finne

Country of Origin



  • Silver Alloy
  • Possible Gold Plating
  • Enamel
  • Solder
  • Possible Ink


3-D: 4.8 × 2.5 × 6.4cm (1 7/8 × 1 × 2 1/2 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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



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