Italian Air Force - "A" Pilot

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The "A" wing is called the "Military Pilot of the Royal Air Force Who Have Flown Completely Over the Full Atlantic Ocean" without stopping. This was done in 1933 when Air Marshal Italo Balbo led 55 seaplanes from Italy to New York and then on to Chicago and back. The 55 pilots who first flew across the Atlantic with Air Marshal Balbo were awarded a special wing that carries his initials below the "A". There were only 55 of these wings awarded (see below). - Information courtesy of Rudy D'Angelo
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Rudy A. D'Angelo Collection
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Rudy A. D'Angelo Collection
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This is the extremely rare Balbo award wing
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