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Jurg Bolli

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From: Albuquerque, NM
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posted 05-01-2012 10:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jurg Bolli   Click Here to Email Jurg Bolli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Who among the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo astronauts wore basic astronaut wings, senior astronaut wings, or command astronaut wings?


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From: Staten Island, New York USA
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posted 05-01-2012 04:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
By 'astronaut wings', you must be referring to the special pilots' wings awarded by the Air Force, Navy/Marines and Army to their respective service astronauts; in the case of the Army, no M/G/A astronaut carried them.

The Navy had no 'basic/senior/command' designations for their wings. As for the Air Force, only Joe Engle carried his senior pilot astronaut wings over from the X-15 program, later flying the shuttle into space of course.

I'll leave a more detailed listing of AF pilot-astronauts and their accumulated flying hours (which determines their type of pilots' wings) to another forum member.


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From: Houston, TX, USA
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posted 05-04-2012 09:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for schnappsicle   Click Here to Email schnappsicle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Maybe this has nothing to do with what you're asking, but I read recently where Alan Bean took his silver astronaut pin to the moon with him. At the end of the second EVA he pulled it out of his pocket and tossed it into Surveyor Crater. When he got home, he received a new gold astronaut pin signifying the fact that he had flown a mission.

I'm not sure if they were pins or wings, but a lot of astronauts carried their pin or the pins of other astronauts to the moon. Some of those are still there.

In addition to Alan Bean, the Apollo 15 crew left their PPK's in the lunar module. They lost wedding rings, photos, flags, and yes, pins, most of which belonged to their friends and family members.

Jay Chladek

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From: Bellevue, NE, USA
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posted 05-06-2012 09:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The astronaut pins are different. Astronaut pins are the three vectors with the star on top and they are different from "wings" which military pilots typically get when they get through a form of pilot training.

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