Naval Aviator insignia

Naval Aviator insignia

Designed by Captain Henry C. Mustin, the Naval Aviator Insignia is a warfare qualification of the United States military that is awarded to those aviators of the United States Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard who have qualified as Naval Aviators upon successful completion of flight school. The decoration is similar in design to the Naval Flight Officer Badge, consisting of a single fouled anchor, surmounted by a shield, centered on a pair of golden wings.

The Naval Aviator Badge is identical for all three branches and is awarded in a single degree. To qualify for the Naval Aviator Badge, a service member must have completed Primary and Advanced Flight Training and be designated a qualified pilot of a military aircraft.Naval "Aviator" is a term strictly used for officers. Until 1981 the Navy and Marine Corps also had a small number of enlisted personnel trained as pilots. Such individuals were referred to as Naval Aviation Pilots. The Naval Aviation Pilot badge, while considered a separate award, was identical in design to the Naval Aviator badge, except that it was silver colored instead of gold. []

ee also

* Badges of the United States Navy
* Badges of the United States Marine Corps
* Badges of the United States Coast Guard
* Military badges of the United States


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