September 3, 2015

Aviator Wings

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World War Two Us Naval Aviator Wing Badge Sterling
$39.00
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Original World War Ii Us Naval Aviator Wing Badge Unusual Variant
$26.00
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WW2 ERA US NAVY MARINE AVIATOR WING STERLING 1
$19.99
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Vintage WWII Aviation Wings Lapel Pin Military Air Force US
$9.99
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Vintage Sterling Silver Pilot Wings Aviator Pin Military W Star NS MEYER NY
$24.95
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A+ WWII US Naval USMC Aviators Pilot Wing Pin Gold Fill USN USMC Imperial H H
$24.95
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US NAVAL AVIATOR WINGS
$9.95
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WWII Gold over Sterling Navy Naval Aviator Officer Pilot Wings Badge by Balfour
$100.00
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Sterling WW2 Pilot Wings Military AviatorPin Wings Shield Star
$52.99
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small US Navy Aviator Pilot wings USN pinback marked Gold on Silver AMICO 1 3 8
$29.99
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WWII USMC Marine Corps too Wings sterling pin US Navy aviator pilots wings 2
$165.00
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WW2 Amico Naval Aviator Wings
$67.00
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WWII Gold Filled Navy Naval Aviation Maintenance Technician Wings Insignia
$10.00
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VINTAGE WWII NAVAL NAVY AVIATOR PILOTS WINGS 1 20 10K GOLD FILLED 2
$59.95
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USN Navy Marine Corps Aviation Pilot Wings 1 1 4 nhm pin back
$9.71
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WWII WW2 US Aviator Wings Sweetheart Pin
$5.00
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US Pilots Wings Sweetheart Pin with Stones Pinback
$19.99
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WWII Sterling Navy Aviator Pilot Wings Overseas Garrison Hat Badge by Vanguard
$27.99
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WWII USAF Aviator Pilot Wings Lapel Pin Back 1 wide Silver Gold
$14.50
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ORIGINAL WWII NAVAL AVIATOR WINGS PILOT BADGE HH STERLING FULL SIZE
$149.99
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Sterling Silver WW2 US Air Force Aviator Aviation Insignia Badge Aircrew Wings
$75.00
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ORIGINAL WWII USN FULL SIZE NAVAL AVIATOR PILOT WINGS HH IMPERIAL PINBACK
$124.99
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Vintage WWII AMICO 1 20 10K Gold on Sterling US Navy USMC Pilot Aviator Wings
$120.00
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AMICO 1 20 10K Gold Over Sterling WWII Navy Naval Pilot Aviator Wings 2 3 4
$97.00
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WWII LGB Naval Aviator Wing Badge 0115172
$95.00
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ORIGINAL PRE WWII SMALL NAVAL AVIATOR PILOT WINGS DODGE INC CHICAGO STERLING
$189.99
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ORIGINAL WWII USN FULL SIZE NAVAL AVIATOR PILOT WINGS STERLING AMICO PINBACK
$149.99
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ORIGINAL PRE WWII FULL SIZE NAVAL AVIATOR PILOT WINGS STERLING
$249.99
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WW2 ERA NAVY MARINE AVIATOR WINGS AMICO 1 20 10K Gold on Silver 2 3 4
$119.99
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Naval Aviator Pilot USMC USN WING VANGUARD STERLING FULL SIZE US NAVY FLYER
$135.00
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WW2 US AIR FORCE AVIATOR AVIATION INSIGNIA BADGE AIRCREW WINGS 3
$75.00
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WWII BALFOUR STERLING OVER 1 20 GF NAVAL AVIATOR PILOT WINGS EXCELLENT CONDITION
$200.00
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WWII USAAF US Army Air Corps Pilot Sterling Silver Full Size 3 Aviator Wings
$99.99
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WW2 ERA NAVY MARINE AVIATOR WINGS AMICO CLUTCH BACK 1 20 10K GF 2 3 4
$139.99
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WW2 ERA AVIATORS WINGED ST CHRISTOPHER MEDAL STERLING
$64.99
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USN Aviator Wings Cap Size 091377
$25.00
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ORIGINAL WWII FULL SIZE 2 3 4 USN NAVAL AVIATOR WINGS AMICO STERLING
$124.99
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WWII USAAF US Army Air Corps Pilot Sterling Silver Full Size 3 Aviator Wings
$75.00
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Lot of 5 WWII Aviator Pilot Etc Sterling Silver Wings
$310.00
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2 3 4 WW2 ERA NAVY MARINE AVIATOR WINGS H H 1 20 10K GF
$109.99
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RARE WWII USAAF GREENVILLE SC AVIATION SCHOOL SMALL INSTRUCTOR WINGS
$149.99
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Hilborn Hamburger HH Gold Filled WWII Aviator Pilot Wings 3 1 8 Original Box
$13.49
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WW2 ERA US ARMY ARMORED DIVISION AVIATOR SWEETHEART WINGS LOCKET STERLING
$139.99
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WW II STERLING NAVAL AVIATOR PILOT WINGS BY AMICO 1 20 GF IN EXCELLENT CONDITI
$160.00
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BALFOUR WW2 ERA NAVY MARINE AVIATOR WINGS 1 20 10K GF 2 3 4 PINBACK
$159.99
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WW2 ERA AVIATORS WINGED ST CHRISTOPHER MEDAL
$34.99
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Orginal WW2 WWII Sterling Silver Pilot Aviator Full Size Wings N More 1 Persons
$499.99
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WW2 ERA NAVY MARINE AVIATOR WINGS AMICO 1 20 10K Gold on Silver 2 3 4
$119.99
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Antique WW2 World War 2 Air Force Sterling Silver Navigator Aviator Wings Badge
$189.98
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Vintage Antique 10K Yellow Gold US Navy Marines Aviator Pilot Wing Pin Brooch QR
$799.99
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WW2 ERA AVIATORS WINGED ST CHRISTOPHER MEDAL RED WHITE BLUE ENAMEL
$119.99
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WWII US NAVY AVIATOR WINGS BALFOUR 2 10k GOLD FILL
$75.00
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WWII ERA CONSOLIDATED AIRCRAFT COMPANY WINGS SCREW BACK PILOT LAPEL WING
$29.99
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Vintage US Army Aviation Badge Sterling Silver Pilot Wings Pin
$29.99
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Vintage USAF Air Force 3 LGB Sterling Pilot Aviator Wings Pin Badge
$50.00
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Original World War I Us Army Aviation Pilot Wing Badge
$177.50
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US ARMY AVIATION AVIATOR PILOT WINGS PIN BADGE 31 INCHES
$7.95
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Navy Marine Corps Aviator Pilot Wing Badge 2 3 4 inch
$8.89
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1920S Usn Naval Aviator Wing Badge Sterling Wash
$275.00
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US ARMY AVIATION MASTER AVIATOR WINGS LAPEL PIN BADGE 25 INCHES
$6.41
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WWII Sterling Navy Naval Aviator Pilot Wings Home Front Sweetheart Bracelet
$56.99
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WWII USAF Pilot Aviation Wing Badge Sweetheart Bracelet Jacoby Bender RGoldPlt
$24.99
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US ARMY BASIC AVIATOR WINGS BADGE FULL SIZE
$7.00
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US Navy Pilot Aviator Wing Insignia Patches 1917 Now Guide incl WWII Vietnam
$49.95
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Vintage US Army Aviation Badge Sterling Silver Pilot Wings Pin NS Meyer Inc NY
$29.99
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United States Army Vintage Subdued Aviator Pilot Wing Badge
$4.95
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World War I French Aviation Air Crew Wing Badge Issued Piece
$56.00
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US MILITARY NAVY MARINE CORPS GOLD AVIATOR WINGS PIN
$7.99
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WWII Sterling Naval Aviator Navy Pilot Wings Home Front Sweetheart Pin
$17.99
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WWII Gold over Sterling Navy Aviator Officer Pilot Wings Bracelet by Amico RARE
$49.99
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US Army Senior Aviator Pilot Wing Badge Clutchback NOS
$7.95
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ARMY AVIATOR STERLING WING BADGE FULL SIZE VERY EARLY RARE MAKER
$54.99
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2 Old US Army Air Corps Aviation Cadet Pins Wings Air Force Pilot Vintage
$5.99
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US MILITARY NAVY PILOT WINGS HAT PATCH NAVAL AVIATION
$5.99
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Original World War I French Aviation Observer Wing Badge B 2927
$310.00
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US MARINE CORPS SMALL AVIATOR WINGS PIN
$7.99
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US NAVY AVIATOR WINGS GOLD ANODIZED FULL SIZE
$8.99
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WWII US MILITARY STERLING SILVER AVIATION WINGS SWEETHEART ID BRACELET LOCKET
$29.99
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US Army Senior Aviator Wings Sterling Silver 2 1 2 Vietnam Era Clutchback
$29.99
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USN US NAVY NAVAL FLIGHT AVIATOR PILOT WINGS MESS DRESS MINI QUALIFICATION BADGE
$16.99
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Air Force Pilot Wings Qualification Badge aviation S
$7.75
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US Air Force Senior Aviation Jet Plane Pilot Wing Badge Pin Insignia USAF CK125
$0.99
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US WW2 USMC Marine Corps Aviation Aviator Wings Patch Unissued Mint RARE
$8.50
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US USA USAF Air Force Aviation Cadet Wings Military Hat Lapel Pin
$5.99
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U S NAVY NAVAL AVIATION AIR CREW WINGS
$8.75
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US USA Army Master Aviator Wings Military Hat Lapel Pin
$10.00
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MILITARY US ARMY MASTER ARMY AVIATOR WINGS PIN INSIGNIA BADGE AWARD
$10.00
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MILITARY US ARMY MASTER ARMY AVIATOR WINGS PIN INSIGNIA BADGE AWARD
$10.00
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US Army Senior Aviator Pilot Wing 2 1 4 inch Wing
$8.89
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US Air Force Aviation Command Pilot Propeller Wing Badge Pin Insignia USAF CK050
$0.98
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WW2 WWII Sterling Navy Aviator Ring Naval Aircraft Flight Pics Wings
$24.99
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US Naval Aviator Challenge Coin Navy Pilot Crew Fighter Carrier Wings Airplane
$12.49
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1913 MILITARY AVIATOR WING BADGE AIR SERVICE WW1 WWI AIR FORCE USAAF FRANCE
$13.95
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US Army Aviator Pilot Wing 2 1 4 inch Wing
$8.89
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USN USMC Mini Pilot Aviation Gold Wing Badge pin Insignia US Navy Marine OB050
$3.25
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ARMY HAT PIN SENIOR AVIATOR WINGS
$4.00
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USN Navy Marine Corps Aviation Pilot Wings 2 3 4 no hallmark pin back
$7.46
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US Armed Forces Naval Aviator Wings of Gold Challenge Coin 2265
$15.99
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US MILITARY NAVY NAVAL AVIATOR WINGS WINDOW DECAL STICKER
$9.99
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Frequently Asked Questions...

Do helicopter pilots use call signs?

I just want to know if it's common for military helicopter pilots to use aviator call signs the same way fixed wing aviators do.

Answer:

Yes... there are three different things though:

Aircraft Call Sign... usually a derivation of the squadron mascot / name and the aircraft's side number. Example: Scorpion 52 would be an SH60-B Seahawk from HSL-49 (The Scorpions) and Dragon 502 would be a S-3B Viking from VS-29 (The Dragons)

Aircraft Tactical Sign... either the Aircraft Call Sign, OR a letter-number-letter combination assigned in the daily tasking order. Example: X6F or Xray Six Foxtrot.

PILOT (and Aircrew's) Call Sign... this is a PERSONAL name assigned by squadron mates. It is RARELY used over the radio. It is embroidered on the name-tag, sometimes painted on the aircraft, and used around the wardroom, ready-room, and during internal communications. It is assigned by a number of means:
1) The person's name... if you're last name is Rhodes, you WILL be "Dusty". Last name Wayne might get "Duke"
2) The person's physical traits: "Red", "Slim", "Tiny"
3) Some accident or incident... a guy who was streaking in flight-school was given the call-sign "FLASH"

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Aviation Sights of New Jersey

When Pierre Blanchard had ascended from Philadelphia in a hot air balloon on January 9, 1793 and made the 15-mile journey across the Delaware River to Depford, New Jersey, he had made the Western hemisphere’s first aerial flight, sparking a long line of aviation accomplishments in the Garden state.

Charles Durant, of Jersey City, for example, had subsequently become the first American balloonist to fly in 1830 and Dr. Solomon Andrews, constructing the first dirigible three years later, rose above Perth Amboy and flew to Long Island, then an unheard-of achievement by air.

The Boland brothers, of Rahway, built the first fixed-wing aircraft in 1909 and became the first to fly in South America.  Three years later, in 1912, Oliver Simmons carried the first official sack of mail across Raritan Bay, from South Amboy to Perth Amboy, in a Wright Flyer.  The first five World War I flying aces had hailed from New Jersey, earning the title in 1918.  The world’s first dirigible, the USS Shenandoah, had been built in Lakehurst in 1921.  The Barling Bomber, constructed at Teterboro Airport in 1922 by the Wittlemann brothers, had then been the largest aircraft ever designed. 

Air-cooled Whirlwind engines, built in Princeton, had powered many early aircraft of the 1920s.  Metropolitan New York’s airmail hub, established in 1925, had been located at Hadley Field in South Planfield.  Richard Byrd and Floyd Bennett had been the first to navigate a Teterboro-constructed Fokker Trimotor, powered by Whirlwind engines, over the North Pole in 1926.  However, the feat had been one of many made possible by the engine: in 1927, Charles Lindbergh had flown across the Atlantic in the Spirit of St. Louis; Clarence Chamberlin had flown to Germany two weeks later; and Richard Byrd and a crew of three had flown to France, all in aircraft powered by the Whirlwind.

Newark Metropolitan Airport, the world’s busiest airfield, had opened in 1928 and became the location of America’s first air traffic controller, William “Whitney” Conrad. 

The 1930s continued to see New Jersey aviation achievements.  Fokker, for example, had designed the world’s largest passenger aircraft, the F.32, at Teterboro Airport in 1930, while Amelia Earhart had prepared for her solo transatlantic flight here, and the first aviation high school course had been established in Teaneck.  Glen Rock’s Chester Decker became the National Soaring Champion in both 1936 and 1939.  Naval Air Station Lakehurst had been the mooring point for the Graf Zeppelin Hindenburg.

Between 1942 and 1945, General Motor’s Eastern Aircraft Division built 13,500 Grumman fighter aircraft at its Tilden and Trenton plants for the war effort, while the Curtiss-Wright Corporation produced 281,164 engines and 146,468 electric propellers in six northern New Jersey locations.  Major Thomas McGuire, of Ridgewood, New Jersey, became the country’s second leading flying ACE, having shot down 38 enemy aircraft, while Frderick Castle of Mountain Lakes and First Lieutenant Kenneth Walsh of Jersey City, along with McGuire, had received Congressional Medals of Honor for their feats. 

The first rocket engine, developed by Reaction Motors of Danville in 1947, had powered the Bell X-1, the first design to break the sound barrier, while their subsequent rocket engine had powered the North American X-15, the first aircraft to fly in space.

The world’s first hovercraft had been designed by Charles Fletcher of Sussex in 1953.

Beyond the atmosphere, Walter M. Schirra of Oradell became the only astronaut to fly in all three spacecraft in 1968--Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo--while Montclair’s Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin became the first astronaut to land a vehicle on the moon one year later.

New Jersey’s rich civil and military aviation heritage can be explored at several strategically located airports and museums.

The Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum of New Jersey, for instance, founded in 1972 and located on the east side of Teterboro Airport, is dedicated to the preservation of the Garden State’s distinguished, two-century aviation and space heritage.  The first such state facility created for this purpose, it enshrines the men and women whose aeronautical achievements had brought world-wide recognition to New Jersey.

Aside from the Hall of Fame itself, its small indoor display area features several significant engines, inclusive of a two-cylinder, 28-hp, 1400-rpm, horizontally-opposed Model A Lawrence from 1916, which had been the forerunner of the Wright Whirlwind; a J44 turbojet engine model from the Teterboro School of Aeronautics; an XLR99 liquid rocket engine, which had first powered the X15 in 1960; a Curtiss Wright XLR-25-CW-1 motor assembly; a Wright Cyclone R-1820; a Wright Tornado R-2160, which had developed 2,350 bph at 4,150 revolutions-per-minute; and an air-cooled Wright Aeronautical J-5 Whirlwind.

Several rotary wing aircraft are also represented, such as a Super Scorpion helicopter, which had won the 1977 Experimental Aircraft Association Rotorcraft Ground Championship, an H-13 (Bell 47), and an Apache.

A Curtiss-Wright Dehmel Flight Simulator had once been used by Eastern Airlines.

A few significant exhibits are maintained outside.  A M*A*S*H unit, for example, features a hospital tent, an operating room, a mess tent, an ambulance, a truck, and a Bell helicopter, and serves as a living memorial to Korean War veterans.  Two rare, commercial aircraft, also located outside, include a Martin 202A registered N93204, which had been manufactured on July 8, 1950, and the nose section of a Convair 880 registered N803TW.  The quad-engined airliner, the third such Convair 880 built, had been delivered to Trans World Airlines in 1961.

Teterboro Airport, the museum’s location, is equally significant.  Owned and operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jesey, the facility, covering 827 acres, had had its origin in 1917 when Walter C. Teter had acquired the property for it.  The oldest operating airport in the northern New Jersey and New York metropolitan area, it had once been the site of North American Aviation aircraft manufacturing during World War I and subsequently served as the base for Anthony Fokker aircraft.  It had fielded its first, current-site flight in 1919.

After having been operated by the Army and the Air Force during World War II, it had been purchased by the present Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on April 1, 1949.  Serving as a general aviation reliever airport under Federal Aviation Regulation 139, the airport, with some 200,000 annual aircraft movements, features two runways—6,015-foot Runway 6-24 and 7,000-foot Runway 1-19; 4.2 miles of taxiways; an FAA control tower; and 19 hangars with a collective 412,000 square feet of area.  It is a founding member of the Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum of New Jersey.

The Air Victory Museum, located in Lumberton at the South Jersey Regional Airport, is another significant aviation facility and focuses on military aircraft and their powerplants.  “An educational organization dedicated to inspiring today’s youth through the technology and achievements in aviation,” according to its mission statement, the museum, which is partially certified and approved by the US Air Force and fully approved by the US Navy and the National Museum of Naval Aviation, seeks to “educate, celebrate aviation advances, and honor those who made them.”

Its aircraft collection encompasses a McDonnell-Douglas A-4D Skyhawk Attack and Ground Support aircraft in Blue Angels livery, an F-4A Phantom, a Lockheed F-104G Starfighter, a North American F-86-D/L Sabre Jet, a Lockheed P-80A Shooting Star, a Ling Temco Vought A-7 Corsair, and a Grumman F-14 Tomcat.  The engine exhibits are equally significant and include a German World War II Rocket Assist take off engine; a Junkers Jumo 004 eight-stage axial turbojet, which had powered the Messerschmitt Me-262; a Curtiss-Wright J-65; a 2,000-hp Pratt and Whitney two-row, 18-cylinder, air-cooled R-2800 radial; a Pratt and Whitney TF-30, its first afterburner-equipped powerplant; and a General Electric J-79.  Centerpiece of the engine exhibits, however, is a working Pratt and Whitney R-4360.  The largest piston ever designed, it features four rows, seven banks, and 28 cylinders, and had been the only powerplant able to develop its 3,670-pound weight in equivalent horsepower.  It had been used by several bombers, including the goliath, ten-engined B-36 Peacemaker.

The Wright Brothers’ contributions are represented by a full-size reproduction of the Wright Flyer, a 1903 Flyer 1 engine replica clearly showing the technology transfer from the bicycle with its chains and sprockets, a Kitty Hawk representation with the Wright Flyer having just disengaged itself from its acceleration track over the sand, and an actual wind tunnel built under their supervision.

Space is represented by an Orbital Space Plane Cabin Mock-Up docking simulator, an ITOS-D Improved Television Infrared Observation Satellite System built by RCA in Hightstown, and the Orbit ‘81 Ant Colony Experiment prepared by Camden High School students and launched on the Space Shuttle.

Research can be done at the Harold Watson Raymond Sleeper Stephen Synder Memorial Library.

The South Jersey Regional Airport, location of the Air Victory Museum, is a nontowered field with a single, 3,911-foot asphalt runway (08-26) and some 113 based aircraft owned by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

Southern New Jersey is rich in historic Army and Navy air bases.

The Millville Army Air Field Museum, the first of these, is located at Millville Municipal Airport and had been used for Curtiss P-40 Warhawk and Republic P-47 Thunderbolt pilot training during World War II.

Driving into the airport, currently a general aviation facility, is like entering a World War II time portal: several cinder block buildings and barracks, characteristic of the war, stand eerily silent and vacated, as if the area had once provided the stage for some vast performance, but its players had long since departed.  The runways still routinely field take offs and landings, but mostly of single-engined Cessnas and Pipers.  Yet, the location had been an integral part of World War II and therefore remains historically significant.

It had been one of 900 defense airports ordered by the US government to be strategically located round the country in order to be immediately convertible from civilian to military application and to train counterforces in the event of war.  Unlike the others, however, Millville Army Air Field had been the first one and therefore had been dedicated as “America’s first defense airport” by local, state, and federal officials when it had opened on August 2, 1941 amid a 10,000-strong ceremony.

The current, 923-acre Millville Municipal Airport, New Jersey’s second-largest general aviation field, sports an instrument landing system (ILS) and an FAA Flight Service Station (FSS), the City of Millville leasing its administration to the Delaware River and Bay Authority.

Today, the airport echoes of its World War II role.  Of the 100 buildings occupying the site during the four years between 1941 and 1945, 20 remain and constitute the world’s largest collection of original, war-era structures, and the preservation, of the core acreage, two hangars, and 18 buildings, has been ensured by their inclusion on the New Jersey and National Registry of Historic Places.

The Henry H. Wyble Historic Research Library and Education Center, one of them, is located in one of the base’s original warehouses and sports an extensive, war-related book collection, videos, historic documents, and aircraft models, and serves as a large-screen theater.  The facility, which opened in 2007, features two eight-by-ten foot, “faux,” partially-opened door murals painted by local artists on its façade.

The Link Trainer Building, hailing from 1942 and requiring two years of restoration, houses one of only five still-operational link trainers.  Designed by Edwin Albert Link at his family’s organ-building business in Binghamton, New York, to provide instrument training to World War II pilots during poor visibility and night conditions, the device, borrowing the organ bellows to simulate climbs, descents, and banks, had accounted for 6,271 sales to the Army and 1,045 to the Navy and is presently available for visitor usage for a small fee.

A vintage aircraft collection, privately owned by Thomas Duffy and stored in one of the two historic hangars, includes the P-47 Thunderbolt “No Guts, No Glory,” one of only ten still-airworthy aircraft and the very type for which the air base had been created.

The original Pilot Ready Day Room, constructed in 1943, now houses the Ops-Air Crew Lounge of Big Sky Aviation.

Nucleus of the historic field, however, is the Millville Army Air Field Museum housed in the original Army Air Force World War II Gunnery School Administration Building used between 1943 and 1945 and restored in 1988.  The museum, founded by Michael T. Stowe to preserve US military aviation history, mostly displays artifacts, equipment, photographs, and engines contributed by air base veterans.

A Pratt and Whitney Double Wasp twin-row radial engine, which had powered the P-47 based here along with several other Army and Navy designs, emphases the sheer power of this mighty engine and is a highlight of the displays.  A ceiling light had measured cloud height, while a directional gyro had served as a pilot navigational training aid.

The metal, interlocking Mardson Mat, designed by the British, had facilitated take off and landing operations at ill-equipped locations.  According to George Canning, a current Millville Army Air Field Museum affiliate who had enlisted in the Army Air Corps in December of 1941 and had served in the South Pacific, “it’s the best invention of the whole war.  Put it together and you have an instant runway!”

The Philadelphia Seaplane Base Museum, founded in 1915 by the Robert Mills family and relocated to the current site in 2000, displays aeromarine wings, struts, and pontoons.

A Nordon bombsight, the mahogany nose of a Curtiss Flying Boat, an aircraft model collection in memory of Robert Wilinski, photographs, a uniform collection, and a typical Army barracks set up complete the internal displays, while two aircraft are featured outside.  The first, an A-4F Skyhawk, had been assigned to Attack Squadron 192 aboard the aircraft carrier USS Orskary in 1968 during its Vietnam War combat tour, while the second is a Short Brothers SD3-30 named “Kwajalein Atoll.”

Aside from the exhibits, the museum fields World War II pilot reunions, films, school educational programs, aircraft fly-ins and air shows, and veterans’ events.

Millville Army Air Field, time portal to World War II and once a significant gunnery pilot training facility on the east coast with a fleet of P-47 Thunderbolts, is a living history experience which transcends the past and tells its story to the visitor in the present.

The second historic base in Southern New Jersey, Naval Air Station Wildwood, is located at Cape May Airport.  Constructed in 1942, it had facilitated dive-bombing training with a fleet of Douglas SBD Dauntless, Curitss SB2C Helldiver, Grumman TBM Avenger, and Vought F4U Corsair aircraft, at which time its pilots, arranged in air groups, had transferred to their respective aircraft carriers in the Pacific.

When victory had closed the doors on World War II’s theaters in 1945, the Navy had discontinued its training programs at Naval Air Station Wildwood and by December of the following year, it had been deactivated, its 109 buildings having been declared surplus.  Of these, 79 had been offered by the War Assets Administration, which had intermittently acquired the property, for off-site use, while several larger structures had been given to Cape May County, which had resumed operation of the station.  Hanger Number One, which had been designed by architect Albert Kahn and whose construction had commenced as far back as October of 1942, had been one of them.

Formed by bolted wood Pratt trusses subdivided into ten-foot panels at the roof level, the cavernous, 2,558,000-cubic-foot structure had been 290 feet long, 219 feet wide, and 51 feet high, and had been completed with cross-braced vertical supports at its north and south elevations and a center support, which had once provided the division between its two internal bays.  Its east and west elevations had been created by 12 full-height telescoping doors.  Aside from once housing the air station’s aircraft fleet, it had also featured offices, workrooms, and maintenance facilities.

The subsequently abandoned structure, having fallen into a state of disrepair with rotting wood and cracked windows, had been resurrected by Dr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Salvatore in 1997, who had formed the not-for-profit Naval Air Station Wildwood Foundation to save and preserve it as a memorial to the 42 pilots who had lost their lives during their training here between 1943 and 1945, and had subsequently been listed on the New Jersey and National Register of Historic Places at the National Significance Level.  That hangar now houses the Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum, which features some 30 aircraft, engines, interactive exhibits provided by the Franklin Institute of Philadelphia, films, a library, and a gift shop.

The hangar, commissioned by the Navy in April of 1943 and one of the few remaining World War II all-wooden structures, is breathtaking in size and magnitude and represents the conversion of resources created by nature for use by man.

Propeller-driven aircraft are represented by the Vultee BT-13 trainer, the OE-2 “Bird Dog,” the Boeing-Stearman PT-17 Kaydet, the North American T-28C Trojan, and the Grumman TBM-3E Avenger, one of only eight designs listed on the National Register of Historic Places, while pure-jet fighters include the McDonnell-Douglas A-4 Skyhawk, the Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star, the Grumman F-14B Tomcat, and a MiG-15.  Rotary wing aircraft encompass the UH-1 “Huey,” the AH-1F Cobra, the Hughes OH-6A “Cayuse,” the Bell OH-13C “Sioux,” and the Sikorsky HH-52 “Seaguard,” while both fixed and rotary wing engines include an Allison J-33, a Pratt and Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp, a Wright Cyclone R-1820, a Pratt and Whitney R-4360 Wasp Major, a T53, and even a 98,000 thrust-pound Pratt and Whitney PW4098, which powers the mammoth Boeing 777.

Aside from the aircraft and engines themselves, the Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum often hosts fly-ins, veterans’ ceremonies, historical lectures, and school field trips.

The 1,000-acre Cape May Airport, the museum’s location, is itself of historic value, having evolved from the naval air station.  Sporting two 4,998-foot runways (1-19 and 10-28), six taxiways, and three parking ramps, the general aviation facility annually fields 39,000 movements primarily comprised of corporate, recreational, and charter aircraft, and stands as a testament to the location where fields, once cultivating corn, had later cultivated pilots whose dive-bombing skills had been instrumental in Pacific theatre and ultimate World War II victory.

Pierre Blanchard’s hot air balloon ascent in 1793 had sparked a long line of aviation accomplishments in New Jersey, a path which can be retraced today by visiting its significant airfields and museums from Teterboro Airport in the north to Naval Air Station Wildwood in the south.

About the Author

A graduate of Long Island University-C.W. Post Campus with a summa-cum-laude BA Degree in Comparative Languages and Journalism, I have subsequently earned the Continuing Community Education Teaching Certificate from the Nassau Association for Continuing Community Education (NACCE) at Molloy College, the Travel Career Development Certificate from the Institute of Certified Travel Agents (ICTA) at LIU, and the AAS Degree in Aerospace Technology at the State University of New York – College of Technology at Farmingdale. Having amassed almost three decades in the airline industry, I managed the New York-JFK and Washington-Dulles stations at Austrian Airlines, created the North American Station Training Program, served as an Aviation Advisor to Farmingdale State University of New York, and created and taught the Airline Management Certificate Program at the Long Island Educational Opportunity Center. A freelance author, I have written some 70 books of the short story, novel, nonfiction, essay, poetry, article, log, curriculum, training manual, and textbook genre in English, German, and Spanish, having principally focused on aviation and travel, and I have been published in book, magazine, newsletter, and electronic Web site form. I am a writer for Cole Palen’s Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome in New York.

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