|Actual size : 120mm diameter.
Although not strictly a Skyblazers team patch as such, this is the
emblem of the 22nd FS, 36th Fighter Group, who were the Squadron to form the
very first Skyblazers team in 1949, based at Bitburg in Germany. The
Lead F-80B aircraft, flown by Capt. Vince Gordon, did not feature the Squadron
badge, however, the other three aircraft in the team still had this logo
painted on their fuselages (back in those days, they never had an actual
Skyblazers logo/emblem). Although there are many, many, more
modern/recent versions of this patch, this particular one is certainly a
very old one - but, being honest, it is uncertain whether or not this
one actually comes from the 1949-1950 Skyblazers time period.
|Actual size : 125mm diameter.
Notes : This
is an original/genuine Skyblazers patch, used by the F-100C-equipped
team from the 36th TFW based at Bitburg, Germany, between 1957 and 1962. There
were subtle variations in the team patch over the years and with a limited
number of quality photos available, accurately dating this patch is difficult.
Its origin is unknown, suffice to say that it has been worn, as
evidenced by the sewing holes around the edge.