Badge for Military Pilots (prinzen size)

CATEGORY: Version

SKU: 03.GEM.0101.101.01.009

Estimated market value:

$1050 USD

  • Badge for Military Pilots (prinzen size) Obverse
  • Badge for Military Pilots (prinzen size) Reverse
  • Badge for Military Pilots (prinzen size) Obverse Detail

Estimated market value:

$1050 USD

Attributes

  • Country
    Germany
  • Makers
    Carl Dilenius, Pforzheim
  • Composition
    Silver
  • Size
    30x48.5mm
  • Version Remarks
    This is a Prinzen Size version and it weighs 10 grams.

History


This badge was founded by Wilhelm II to recognize Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers, and enlisted men who had successfully graduated from Flying School.

In order to graduate, a pilot needed to pass two flight examinations and have their proficiency as pilots rated by the Inspection Command for Military Air and Motor Vehicles.

Following the start of the First World War, combat pilots were expected to demonstrate practical aerial combat skills before receiving the badge.

At some point during the war only award certificates were conferred and recipients were expected to purchase their own badges.

The exact number of badges issued is unknown, as records containing that information were destroyed during the bombing raids on Postdam in 1945.

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