Italian Air Force - Aviation Cadet

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These are "non-regulation" wings privately purchased and worn by Royal Airforce Academy Cadets in training at Caserta, Italy. No wing was issued so this is called "Fuori Ordinanza" in Italian which means while it was tolerated that a cadet with balls and proud of himself for training to be a pilot could go to a private manufacturer and buy himself these wings, they were not regulation. This was a very common practice. - Information courtesy of Rudy D'Angelo
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Kris Johnston Collection
11/13/2002
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Rudy D'Angelo Collection
11/13/2002
Obviously, this is not a wing. It is a model 1930 Royal Air Force Academy cadet's dagger. This is the 2nd model. The first model was the model 1925. The Italians used real mother-of-pearl on the grips. No two daggers are truly alike; they all have minor variations. The reason this is posted on a wings web site is so that you can clearly see where the wings shown above come from. The dagger, unlike the wings, was official regulation. The Royal Naval Academy cadets also had their own dagger similar to this.
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Rudy D'Angelo Collection
11/16/2002
This is a Cadet Officer Instructor's Desk Piece Letter Opener. It is the model 1925 cadet dagger style. It differs from the model 1930 in that the eagle's head is somewhat smaller as are the crossguard wings. There is also a sligth variation to the Mother of Pearl hand grip. This piece came from an officer instructor from the Royal A.F. Academy in Caserta, Italy. Rudy dates this piece between 1925 and the end of the war.
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Aviation Wings and Badges of the World Wars