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French Para Wings, Period?
Old 04-12-2019, 11:09 AM   #1
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Default French Para Wings, Period?

Must admit i did have a try to find the period of these wings but with so many diffrent examples i gave up so decided that id like your help folks
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Old 04-15-2019, 01:21 PM   #2
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Old 04-15-2019, 05:26 PM   #3
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Hi,

the overall design is very similar to the early Drago models, and i may suspect that it is from the late 40's, early 50's ?

The earliest (?) metal model was made by Mourgeon, and the Drago design is lightly based on it : no "case" for the number on the back, but the wings touch the parachute and the back surface are similar to Drago later models.

First models don't have the "case" to write the number on the back.

Below you will find the first Mourgeon model (bottom) and the later Mourgeon model (top) with the "case" for the number.
I'm also posting features of Drago models that we can partly see in your badge (surface, rectangular loops).

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Old 04-16-2019, 10:26 AM   #4
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Thanks Vince, that helps a lot, spent a couple of hours yesterday going through the internet for unmarked examples but didn't find much and the strange patter to the cross hatching on the back has me stumped🤔
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Old 04-16-2019, 12:34 PM   #5
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Hi,

you're welcome.

It should be noted that no metal badge was done during WW2, the metal badges were done in the first post-war years.

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French para wings.
Old 04-16-2019, 02:36 PM   #6
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Default French para wings.

The one with the Rue Beranger marking is the oldest, maybe 1946-1947.
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Old 04-16-2019, 04:49 PM   #7
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I have never come across this exact pattern before!

Interesting blend of even and irregulier guilloche pattern...

I'd guesstimate 1960s-early 70s.
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