Soviet Air Force - Pilot

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The Soviet Union Military Air Force (Voyenno-Vozdushnye Sily or VVS) was established immeidately after the bolshevik revolution and subsequent establishment of the Soviet Union. It went through many earlier titles and organizations, including Directorate of the Workers-Peasants Red Army Air Forces in 1925. It existed until 1991 when units were distributed to newly independent states.

Aviation qualification insignia 1925-1943

These bullion insignia were established in 1925 and were worn on all class of uniform (service, field) and branches (army and navy) on the upper sleeve of the left arm. They were made by hand and show slight stylistic and manufacturing variations. There were three forms: 1) Military pilot (winged crossed swords), 2) lighter-than-air military pilot (winged fouled anchor), and 3) Aviation technician (winged crossed hammer and wrench).

In 1943, these sleeve insignia were abolished with the 1943 new uniform regulations.

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Military Pilot
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Lighter Than Air Military Pilot
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The Soviet Union had a number of aviation schools for training aviation specialties including pilots, navigator/observers, and technical specialties. In 1936, each school had its own distinctive style of graduate badge. In 1938, the style of these badges was officially harmonized into a similar style of an air force light blue enamel plaque superimposed by a winged device that indicated the specialty (i.e. winged airplane with crossed swords for pilots). There were two classes of badge, silver for all normal graduates and gilt for those with top marks. These badges were discontinued in 1941.

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Courtesy of CollectRussia.com
12/2/2004
Military Pilots School, graduation badge, 1940-41 - You can visit CollectRussia's site at www.collectrussia.com
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M1938 Military pilot instructor with outstanding marks graduation badge
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M1938 Military pilot with normal marks graduation badge
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