U.S.Navy/USMC Aviation Observer Badge
The Naval Aviation Observer Badge was first created in 1922 and authorized to navigators and other support personnel on multi-person naval aircraft. The original badge was based on the design of the Naval Aviator badge, but with a single left-side wing and a circular "O" surmounting the foul anchor rather than a shield. In 1927 this insignia was superseded by a new device, identical to the Naval Aviator's wings but in silver rather than gold. This in turn was replaced in 1929 by a gold insignia with a center device of a silver anchor within a silver circle.
In 1968 the Naval Observer Badge was phased out in favor of the Naval Flight Officer Badge. The insignia was then modified and granted to aviation mission specialists such as Flight Engineers and Meteorologists. In this form, the Naval Observer Badge is still in existence but is rarely referred to be its original name and is more commonly known as the Flight Meteorologist Badge. In the Marine Corps, the decoration is issued to in-flight aircraft support personnel under its original name as the Naval Aviation Observer Badge.
Our Regulation Full Size U.S.Navy-U.S.Marine Corps Aviation Observer Badge is a gold and silver plated metal badge. This is the same badge that is supplied to the U.S. Military and sold in the Military Base Exchanges.
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