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ARTIFACT: This is a beautiful circa mid-late 1950's US Overseas Airways (USOA) pilot wing in sterling silver by Balfour. The airline was founded by a dentist, Dr. Ralph Cox who earned his pilot's license flying for the NAVY in WWII. Originally known as Ocean Air Tradeways, Dr. Cox changed the airline's name in 1950 to United States Overseas Airways. During the early 1950's USOA did not have scheduled flights. Instead, its non-schedule status allowed it to fly a number of both civilian and military operations - including aiding in transport during the Korean War, lending its support towards the creation of the Distant Early Warning (DEW) project, and operated flights worldwide for the Military Air Transport System (MATS). It operated this way for many years before it began scheduled service in 1959.
VINTAGE: Circa mid-late 1950's
SIZE: About 2-3/4" in width by 5/8" in height.
MATERIALS / CONSTRUCTION: Sterling silver.
ATTACHMENT: Horizontal pin with a come-under locking catch.
MARKINGS: LGB (Balfour maker mark) STERLING.
ITEM NOTES: This is from an airline collection which we will be listing more of over the next few months. MBEJL05 LAAEJX SLFIEX10/16
CONDITION: 9 (Excellent-Near Mint): The wing shows little to no wear.
GUARANTEE: As with all my items, this piece is guaranteed original.