Extremely Rare Ca 1935 United Air Line Captain's Mate Pilot Wing 1st Issue of William Blair Barnes

Extremely Rare Ca 1935 United Air Line Captain's Mate Pilot Wing 1st Issue of William Blair Barnes

Code: airuw01935mat

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This is an Extremely Rare Circa 1935 United Air Line Captain's Mate Pilot Wing 1st Issue of William Blair Barnes.
Just in from the family, an exceedingly rare and historic wing. It is not known exactly when the MATE title was removed from the Co-Pilot wing, but the wing was in use roughly from 1931 to 1938, and this one was worn by William Barnes at least by 1937, if not earlier. 

Barnes had his pilot license as a teenager in Barhamsville Virgnia, and used to fly around the town in his Wright Flyer during the 1920s. At some point after college he joined the US Air Service / US Air Corps in the Reserves, and then went on to fly for United Airlines, presumably by 1935. 

By 1942 Barnes was working for the CAA Civil Aeronautics Administration. During WWII he ferried aircraft for the USAAF through the Greenland Route. And after the war he remained in the USAF Reserves retiring as a Colonel in 1969. He worked for the FAA after WWII until retiring around 1975 and he passed away in 1984.

VINTAGE: Circa 1935.

SIZE: Approximately: 1" in height x 3-1/2" in length.

MATERIALS / CONSTRUCTION: Gold Fill with black enamel.

ATTACHMENT: Horizontal pin with come-under locking catch.


ITEM NOTES: This is from a United Air Lines collection which we will be listing more of over the next few months. VAJBBX23 LDCGEX01/21/24 SDJJJX02/14/24

CONDITION: 8+ (Excellent): The wing shows minor wear only, and overall, beautiful patina.

GUARANTEE: As with all my artifacts, this piece is guaranteed to be original, as described.