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US NAVY Balloon Pilot Badge

Similar to other balloon badges granted during WWI, these were issues to servicemembers who bravely piloted observation balloons. These were an early form of aerial surveillance and absolutely crucial to observing troop movements and coordinating artillery! The Navy’s Balloon Pilot Badge recognizes a special subset of naval aviators who have met specific training and flight hour requirements in hot air balloons. The badge is worn by officers and enlisted personnel, and has been authorized for wear since 1974. Balloon pilots must complete a minimum of 30 hours of balloon flight time, including at least 10 hours as pilot-in-command, as well as ground school courses in meteorology and navigation. They must also pass a written exam administered by the Federal Aviation Administration. The Navy’s Balloon Pilot Badge is distinct from the Army’s Balloon Pilot Badge, which was authorized in 1918. The Army’s badge features a hot air balloon with the words “Balloon Service” above it, while the Navy’s badge has a dirigible balloon with the words “Naval Airship Service” above it. The Army’s Balloon Pilot Badge was discontinued in 1927, while the Navy’s Balloon Pilot Badge is still authorized for wear. To earn the Navy’s Balloon Pilot Badge, pilots must have a minimum of 250 flight hours as pilot-in-command, as well as ground school courses in meteorology and navigation. They must also pass a written exam administered by the Federal Aviation Administration. The Navy’s Balloon Pilot Badge is distinct from the Army’s Balloon Pilot Badge, which was authorized in 1918. The Army’s badge features a hot air balloon with the words “Balloon Service” above it, while the Navy’s badge has a dirigible balloon with the words “Naval Airship Service” above it. The Army’s Balloon Pilot Badge was discontinued in 1927, while the Navy’s Balloon Pilot Badge is still authorized for wear. Pilots who have been awarded both the Army and Navy badges may wear both on their uniforms. The Navy’s Balloon Pilot Badge is also distinct from the Aviation Pilot Badge, which was authorized in 1911. The Aviation Pilot Badge is awarded to pilots who have qualified for pilot wings by successfully completing flight training. The Balloon Pilot Badge is awarded to pilots who have qualified for pilot wings and have also completed ground school courses in meteorology and navigation, as well as a written exam administered by the Federal Aviation Administration. Pilots who have been awarded both the Aviation Pilot Badge and the Balloon Pilot Badge may wear both on their uniforms. These badges are an absolute honor to earn, wear, and display. The lucky few who’ve been allowed to wear these badges should honor them by displaying the highest level of integrity and discipline at all times.  
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