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JBoe
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posted 02-03-2014 06:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I recently purchased a Wings of Man medallion honoring Neil Armstrong in 1974. I don't know anything about the award and medallion itself, but would like to find out more.

I did check the Society of Experimental Test Pilots website, unfortunately the Wings of Man is not listed. I did find the trophy displayed at the Neil Armstrong Museum, Wapakoneta, OH. From what I've been finding out, there's probably multiple medallions in which one was sold for $250.

Was the award presented to Neil Armstrong the last Wings of Man award?

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tnperri
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posted 02-03-2014 06:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tnperri   Click Here to Email tnperri     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would imagine the $250 auction price was more due to it belonging to Bob Hope than the going price for the medal. Seen a lot of medals go for much more than normal depending on ownership.

jimwood
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posted 03-02-2015 05:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jimwood     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The wings of man award was given to Neil Armstrong in May of 1975 at the SETP convention at the Beverly Hilton. My father, who was the president of the SETP that year, gave the award to Neil at a special Dinner, where nearly every living astronaut and test pilot came to honor him. Probably everyone there got a medallion, and that would, in fact, include Bob Hope who was a guest in attendance.

JBoe
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posted 03-02-2015 06:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JBoe   Click Here to Email JBoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jim, thanks for the update and additional information! I'd love to hear more stories of your father being president of the SETP and experiences with the test pilots/astronauts.

sts205cdr
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posted 03-02-2015 06:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sts205cdr   Click Here to Email sts205cdr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have one of these that I bought on eBay many years ago. I don't recall the price, but it was certainly less than $20.

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