USAF Navigator Wings Full Size
The original Navigator badge was issued by the Army Air Forces and consisted of an armillary sphere centered between two wings. The badge was similar to the Aviator Badge and the Aircrew Badge. In 1947, with the establishment of the U.S. Air Force, the Aircraft Observer, Navigator, and Bombardier badges were replaced with a single design, with the Air Force shield centered between two wings. At the same time, the aeronautical ratings of Navigator and Bombardier were merged into a single rating. The Aircraft Observer rating continued for Electronic Warfare Officers (EWOs), but eventually EWOs were awarded the Navigator-Bombardier aeronautical rating. Today, the only personnel awarded the Observer rating are otherwise unrated U.S. Air Force officers who complete NASA Mission Specialist astronaut training.
The modern-day Navigator/Observer Badge is issued in three degrees: Basic, Senior, and Master. The degree of the Navigator/Observer Badge is determined by years of flying service in the Air Force. The degrees are annotated by a star (senior) and wreath (master) centered above the badge.
Our Regulation Full Size U.S. Air Force Navigator Wings Badge is an oxidized silver plated metal badge. This is the same badge that is supplied to the U.S. Air Force and sold in the Air Force Base Exchanges.
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