Order of Aeronautical Virtue, Type I, Military Division, Gold Cross

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SKU: 01.ROM.0111.204.01.001

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Attributes

  • Country
    Romania (Kingdom)
  • Makers
    Rudolf Souval, Vienna; Karnet & Kysely, Prague
  • Composition
    Bronze gilt
  • Inscription
    Obv: CC Rev: 1930
  • Size
    40-43mm

History


The Order of Aeronautical Virtue was established by King Carol II in 1930. It was suppressed in 1947 following the abolition of the Romanian monarchy, but it was reinstated in 2000 following the collapse of the communist regime.

From 1930-1937 the Order was conferred upon Romanian military aviation personnel in recognition of distinguished service. It was awarded to Axis aviation personnel (including German Luftwaffe personnel) during the Second World War, and from 1938-1947 it could be awarded with swords in recognition of wartime merit. The Order is currently conferred in two divisions upon Romanian citizens and foreigners in recognition of meritorious service in the field of aeronautics. It may also be awarded posthumously.

The ribbon is edged in gold for all decorations conferred in recognition of wartime merit.

There are two Types of the Gold Cross. The I Type features the monogram of King Carol II and the II Type features the monogram of King Michael I.

There may be additional versions of the Gold Cross that differ in size or composition due to a variety of manufacturers.

The later decorations are listed in the Orders of Romania (1990-).

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