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Old 06-17-2019, 09:07 PM   #25
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I think Mike is spot on. There are some tells in these wings that can be used to differentiate between the newer fakes and the older vintage A&C wings.


There are some nice threads on the USMF forum that talk about some of these tells.


http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/foru...and%20%20coote


Because pins can be replaced/repaired, I have always focused on the various die-faults, hallmark fonts, and other tells then just the hardware. Not everyone has to agree, but I have found that works pretty well for differentiating the good from the bad.


Here are some of the tells in a A&C Navigator wing (which is used as the same base for some of the other ratings (bombardier, AC, etc)


http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/foru...2Band+%2Bcoote



One thing about these wings in the OP, is that if you look very carefully JUST between the two top legs of the "N", you will see a small blip. That is one of the characteristic die flaws that do not appear in the reproductions.
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