Medal of Honored Military Pilot of the USSR, Variation 1,
#108, circa early 1970s.
German silver, brass, gilt; riveted two-piece construction.
The medallion measures 26.0 mm in height (incl. eyelet),
27.6 mm in width; weighs 7.3 grams not including the
suspension and connecting link; overall weight with
suspension is 15.0 g. This is the early version of the
award, featuring stamped rather than engraved serial number.
The raised mint mark "MMD" is in smaller font, with
characteristic pointy top of the "D".
In excellent condition. There is nice patina to the silver
finish, no dings or scratches. The gilt finish on the
airplane is nicely preserved and bright showing only
minuscule amount of wear. The nose of the airplane is
slightly bent toward the silver base, which is not visually
detractive or even very noticeable. The rivets are perfectly
Comes on original suspension, complete with well-preserved
old, probably original ribbon, rectangular back plate,
hexagon retaining nut, and mint marked screw plate.
Interestingly, the original owner applied some glue to the
back of the ribbon to permanently affix it along with the
back plate (we wouldn't try and undo it.) The screw post is
slightly over 7 mm long measured from the back plate, has
not been reduced. The connecting link is original and has
not been cut.
The Honorary Title and Medal of Honored Military Pilot were
established in 1965. According to the "Brest Badges of the
Soviet Armed Forces" by Borisov (p. 51), only 701 were ever
issued. Almost needless to say, this decoration is extremely
rare - especially its early version with a stamped number.