Talk:Auxiliary Pilot Badge

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Liaison Pilot[edit]

My understanding of the issuance of "liaison pilot" wings was that it was based on flying liaison aircraft, and not being a military liaison officer from a foreign country. I'll try to find a specific cite before changing the article, but can anyone find a cite for the foreign liaison issuance? Could be both for all I know. McNeight 21:29, 24 August 2006 (UTC)

Maclir2001 06:45, 24 March 2007 (UTC)You are correct in your understanding, see http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=1603 .

Further, the whole category of "auxiliary pilot badge" is spurious. These badges are qualification badges for different classes of aircraft or service. For example, the Glider Pilot wings are for combat-qualified military glider pilots. Period. No "auxiliary" duty there. Liaison pilots flew liaison missions. They may be military pilots or civilian pilots, during the war. Service pilots the same, flying service (mainly delivery) missions, and were mostly civilian pilots.Maclir2001 06:45, 24 March 2007 (UTC)

It's time to REMOVE the term "AUXILIARY" FROM THIS ARTICLE. The soldiers who earned these were not "auxiliary", these were regular soldiers mostly serving in order-of-battle units. They earned Military Occupational Specialties in the US Army, not an auxiliary organisation See the reference: [1]. Some qualified service pilots were civilian, but these wings were for soldiers of the USAAF. The difference between regular service and auxiliary is fundamental, and you're shorting the holders of these badges by calling them "auxiliary". --Maclir2001 (talk) 07:57, 17 November 2009 (UTC)

I fully concur with Maclir2001 on this point. It is long overdue that this article be re-named for the reasons cited already. I've done a considerable amount of editing during the past few days as my time allowed, as well as having added a considerable amount of additional material, supported by citations from the period. WS-G (talk) 02:11, 29 December 2016 (UTC)


Not Obsolete[edit]

The Glider Pilot Badge is still issued to USAFA people who are in their sport glider program. Paul, in Saudi (talk) 09:03, 28 May 2012 (UTC)

Actually, this is only authorized for USAFA cadet instructors for the duration of their time at the Academy. It is not awarded as an aeronautical rating in the same sense as its original purpose, and is not approved for permanent wear.WS-G (talk) 09:27, 10 January 2017 (UTC)

  1. ^ TM 12-427, Military Occupational Classification of Enlisted Personnel, War Department, July 1944