RKKA Air Force Military Pilot School, graduation badge,
Brass, nickel plating and silver plating, enamels; riveted
two-piece construction. Measures 45.7 mm in height, 37.0 mm
in overall width; the width of the blue diamond portion is
25.9 mm. Features sky-blue cut-out diamond with crossed
swords and superimposed I-16 fighter.
In very fine condition, very respectable for this badge. The
blue enamel has a single chip and an area of surface flaking
under the right wing of the airplane, not very conspicuous.
The blue enamel is relatively well-preserved elsewhere
having only a few tiny surface flakes, mostly near the hilts
of the swords and the top of the star -none of which are
really noticeable without magnification. The red enamel on
the star is perfect.
The details of the airplane do not show much wear, and a
good amount of its fragile silver finish is still present in
less exposed areas. The silver plating on the reverse is
essentially perfect and shows very attractive even patina.
The rivets are tight. The copper screw post is original and
of full length, measuring nearly 9.5 mm long. The screw
plate serial numbered and mint marked screw plate is of the
period and fits the screw perfectly, although it is not
original to this particular badge.
/See "Avers 8" p. 476, fig. 2254, also Borisov,
"Badges of the Soviet Armed Forces", p. 114, fig. 306/.