These wings are easily identifiable by the “L” located in the center of the wings. These were awarded to enlisted personnel who typically flew single engine or low powered aircraft. Flight training averaged around 60 hours and included emergency procedures, as well as how to take off and land on short runways! The LIAISON PILOT Wings badge is awarded to pilots who have completed training in liaison flying. Liaison pilots fly small, unarmed aircraft on missions behind enemy lines to provide communication and coordination between units on the ground. The badge is made of silver and has a wingspan of 1 3/4 inches. The center of the badge contains an image of an airplane in flight. Above the airplane is a scroll with the word “Liaison” written on it. Below the airplane are the words “Pilot Wings”. The entire badge is surrounded by a wreath of laurel leaves. Pilots who are awarded the LIAISON PILOT Wings badge are authorized to wear it on their uniform at all times. The LIAISON PILOT Wings badge was first authorized by the Army Air Forces on October 5, 1942. It was designed by A.A. Weinman and made by Sterling Silver. The badge was approved for wear on the Army Air Force uniform on November 18, 1942. The LIAISON PILOT Wings badge is awarded to pilots who have successfully completed the Liaison Pilot Course. The course is designed to train pilots in the skills necessary to fly liaison aircraft. Liaison aircraft are used for a variety of purposes, including reconnaissance, artillery spotting, and communication. Pilots who wear the LIAISON PILOT Wings badge have demonstrated their ability to fly these specialized aircraft. They are an essential part of any army unit, and their skills are vital to the success of any military operation. The LIAISON PILOT Wings badge is a prestigious and highly sought-after award. Pilots who earn this badge have demonstrated their commitment to excellence in their chosen profession. They are respected by their peers and admired by those who know them. Those who wear the LIAISON PILOT Wings badge can be proud of their accomplishment. It is a symbol of their skill, dedication, and love of flying. It is a badge that will be worn with honor and distinction. Just because these pilots fly small, unarmed aircraft, that doesn’t make their tasks any less dangerous. Liaison pilots were located in the same war-torn areas as their fellow troops, and were exposed to the same wartime conditions and expectations of duty. Flying such an aircraft under these circumstances requires a level of mental fortitude that many folks don’t have these days. Flying behind, or close to enemy lines all for the purpose of communication, coordination, and surveillance is no east feat and can be extremely dangerous in just about any theater around the globe. With the introduction of unmanned drones and aerial vehicles, liaison pilots will eventually become obsolete, but it’s not too late to show love and support for them. This beautiful display is the perfect gift for that special liaison pilot you know, or perhaps you’re one of the lucky few who wears the badge and would like an additional way to display it!
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