U.S. Mint Release of Air Force 2.5 Ounce Silver Medal

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Military and coin lovers alike will want to check out the newest product from the United States Mint, the U.S. Air Force 2.5 Ounce Silver Medal. Demand for the medal is expected to exceed supply, so not everyone will be able to purchase one when its released today at noon ET.

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U.S. Mint product images for their Air Force Silver Medal. The medal is encapsulated and comes with a U.S. Mint Certificate of Authenticity.

Struck in .999 fine silver to a diameter of 2 inches, the product marks the first from the U.S. Mint’s Armed Forces Silver Medal Program. Future releases will honor the other U.S. military branches including the Coast Guard, Navy, Marine Corps and Army. Bronze versions of the medals are also planned for down the road. In addition, a 1-ounce version of the Air Force Silver Medal will also be available next year.

Over two dozen design candidates for the Air Force Silver Medal were unveiled back in 2018. Three were recommended following reviews. The final two designs were selected by the Treasury Secretary.

2020 Air Force Medal Design Recommendations
Original obverse design and two reverse design recommendations for the Air Force medal

The medal was expected to debut in 2020 and again in June. Circumstances changed, however, owing to factors such as the pandemic and ordering system improvements, delaying the medal’s release until this time. The program is scheduled to continue in August with the Coast Guard Silver Medal slated to be appear on the 17th.

Air Force Silver Medal Designs and Specifications

An image emblematic of the United States Air Force appears on the obverse (heads side) of each new silver medal. The design depicts a fighter pilot with F-22 fighter jets in the distance and a rough terrain below. Inscribed above and to the left of the pilot is "U.S. AIR FORCE."

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Obverse or heads side of the medal

The design was created by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) Designer Paul C. Balan with United States Mint Medallic Artist Phebe Hemphill sculpting.

For the reverse (tails side), we find an artistic representation of the three spires of the Air Force Memorial, which is located near the Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia. Surrounding the memorial are members of the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard in ceremonial assembly.

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Reverse or tails side of the medal

The core values of the Air Force are inscribed around the border — "INTEGRITY FIRST," "SERVICE BEFORE SELF" and "EXCELLENCE IN ALL WE DO."

AIP Designer Jamie Franki is the artist of record for the image with Ms. Hemphill also sculpting.

Medal Specifications

Denomination: N/A
Finish: Matte
Composition: 99.9% Silver
Weight: 2.500 Troy oz. / 77.759 g
Diameter: 2.00 inches
Edge: Plain
Mint and Mint Mark: Philadelphia / None
Privy Mark: N/A

 

These medals are produced at the U.S. Mint’s facility in Philadelphia, but bear no mintmark as is common with U.S. Mint medals.

Ordering and Price

The Armed Forces medal may be purchased directly from the U.S. Mint via their online store for silver medals.

Pricing is listed as $160 with an initial household order limit of one. There is no mintage limit.

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Christopher DeSantis

Not Interested in these medals. Probably be another shit show while trying to order anyway. Not wasting my time. Prefer the new 2oz. Bullion Queens beast completer coin that just came out. Ordered from the Royal Mint with um no issues.

Coinbread

It’s much cheaper to purchase the Queens Beast Royal Mint coins from a US dealer. A roll of 10, $712 plus shipping from the Royal Mint, US dealer JM Bullion $615 free shipping. I like the coins too, but try to shop for a good price. Just saying…

Chris

Reason I buy directly is that they ship single coins in capsules. APMEX, JM bullion ship in flips due to being in tubes scratches and damages easy from sellers in the US.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Chris and Coinbread, I can understand looking for the best price and wanting to receive them in good condition, but seeing as they are bullion rather than collector grade aren’t these just as far from being coins as the medals are?

Kaiser Wilhelm

Beyond medals and bullion we also have replicas, counterfeits, and also some rather interesting pieces found in the pure fantasy department.

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Mike Hunt

Christopher — I long ago abandoned getting medals. I only buy ones that are “real” coinage. That said, I just logged on to see what the side-show looked like on this one. 25 minutes after you “could” order it there was still no problem getting one … a FAR cry from what we all have experienced on the other REAL coins. — Mike
PS Just checked before I hit send … and it is still no problem at 31 minutes

Kaiser Wilhelm

Ditto on the first part, Mike. It’s obvious folks aren’t exactly lining up to get them.

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Kaiser Wilhelm

Legal tender coins may not be intrinsically worth more than medals or bullion, but in the numismatic regard they doubtless have the upper hand going away.

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cagcrisp

Darrin,
There is a Mintage and Product limit of 10,000…

paul chiu

Only 50% higher on eBay an hour before release at $240

Kaiser Wilhelm

Maybe ebay jumped the gun on this one. Serves those grifters right anyway.

Seth Riesling

NGC = Numismatic Grifter Company…Lol.

NumisdudeTX

Kaiser Wilhelm

Or as they’re known in the colloquial, NGC = No Good Coins.

Kaiser Wilhelm

You hit that proverbial nail right on the angels dancing on its head…

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Kaiser Wilhelm

Good catch, cagcrisp.

Rooster

Smooth transaction. Already received email confirming order.

Jake

I got to the site at 11:15 not one bit of lag and was in and out with no problem. Thanks US Mint I would never order from Royal Mint. USA USA USA

Kaiser Wilhelm

I like the look of some of the coins from the Canadian and British Mints, but relatively speaking they are far too pricey. Granted, their mintages typically run much lower than those of the US Mint, in fact in the thousands or low tens of thousands of coins at the most; however, this doesn’t mean those other Mints can charge twice as much as our Mint for a similar coin, especially since to us it doesn’t matter what their mintages are.

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Glenn

I’m a USAF retiree. My wife was in 13 years. I was excited to get this coin until I took a good look at it. To start, the coin is supposed to commemorate the USAF since its beginning, at least that’s what the Mint site eludes to. A woman on the front as the pilot? Really? And then there’s a black male biggest on the back, then a black female, then in the back, a white male. I’m not racist. I’m no bigot. I served with an awful lot of good men and women of all races, but this kind… Read more »

Millhouse

Wow, do you hear yourself? You ARE a racist. Sorry, the truth hurts sometimes.

Glenn

Yeah, you’re right. I guess we should just erase white men from everything. That’s not racist at all.

Millhouse

Recognizing other races, genders, and ethnicities is not erasing the “white man from everything”! I am a white man and your words make me cringe! You should really have someone read your words back to you. You just don’t get it! Too set in your racist ways I guess. Good day to you sir.

Sturgeon

— Heh Heh Heh Heh Heh !

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Glenn

Common sense truly is dead. Good day to you.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Actually, Glenn, I’ve long been of the belief that the term “common sense” is actually an oxymoron, as I’ve never found anything to be common about sense; it is in fact a rarity.

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Sturgeon

— Ahhh-Pitty Pooh–Pitty Pooh

Kaiser Wilhelm

There’s lots of room on earth for all kinds of opinions, human or otherwise.

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Sturgeon

— Hee Hee Hee Hee Hee !

Drew Scott

Dear Glenn,

Heck yeah you are!

Not a friend,

Drew

Glenn

Your choice. Best of luck.

Sturgeon

— “guble”, “cluck”, “putt”, “purr”, “yelp”, “cutt”, “cackle”, 

Kaiser Wilhelm

Sturgeon, I love it whenever you venture completely off the reservation.

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Seth Riesling

“My mind has been going places without me lately…” – from a song which I cannot remember the name of…(kind of ironic I guess! Lol).
Off the reservation with my “fire water”! – (Tax free, of course, like with tobacco products on the reservations).
They should sell replica Peace Medals at the reservation gift shop!

NumisdudeTX

Kaiser Wilhelm

Seth, my own mind has gone places without me so many times that it’s possible I wrote that song but understandably have no recollection.

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Jake

Glad to see someone on here besides KW and Dick who have a way of bringing out the best at coin news lol. I got mine dude, did you pass on it… My road trip last year I stopped only because I had a woman driving lol I would have died laughing if I saw replicas and then the “natives” could say made by non profit all while charging up the wazoo. Capitalism at its finest, which they claim to hate lol

Seth Riesling

Jake –

I am a USAF/NSA brat of the first 21 years of my life (we got to keep our military id cards till age 21 back in the day as long as we were enrolled full-time in a 4-year college/university as I was) – so I had to buy this beautiful, but very overpriced silver medal. My father served for 20 years & I got to see half the world thanks to his service.

Happy numismatic collecting/investing!

NumisdudeTX

Jake

Oh NSA huh Thanks to Crypto I bought a TV and can watch the world lol. No really I love taking trips they are a blast. I definitely prefer road trips over flying, so much is missed flying right by and seriously thank you and any one else who has served or is currently. That’s one reason I collect, some marine years ago told me to buy from the mint. All in all I think coin collecting is a great hobby for everyone

Seth Riesling

Jake –

I too love road trips, as long as I don’t have to drive & we can stop at every gift shop along the way! Lol. (I was never a good driver – always distracted by “sight-seeing” while driving!)

NumisdudeTX

Kaiser Wilhelm

Seth and Jake, you’re doing the right and the smart thing in enjoying those long road trips and distant vacations while you’re still relatively young and fit. My wife and I used to do a lot of traveling, quite a bit of it overseas, but now that we’re in our mid-seventies and the almost inevitable brakes of increasing age and health issues have been applied, staycations have become the new normal.
To everything there is a season…
The Byrds, released October 1965 – (KW at MSU in East Lansing, MI.)

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Mark D.

I’m terribly saddened to learn someone so regal as yourself was relegated to such a dubious institution. Is MSU even accredited? I guess not everyone is able to attend a prestigious university, say Wayne State University, for instance. How very, very sad.

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Kaiser Wilhelm

While I was technically enrolled in the (then) 38,000 student University as such I was in fact (at that time-1965) part of a brand new 400 student learning environment called Justin Morrill College. It was named after the notable Vermont legislator who was the primary force behind the founding of the nation’s public Land Grant Colleges (now Universities) of which Michigan State University happened to be the very first. The entrance requirement for MSU in general at the time was graduation from a Michigan high school, while the minimum grade point average for admission to Justin Morrill was 3.5 with… Read more »

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Mark D.

I’ve no doubt it was quaint, pastoral and hardly bleak at all. As for their horrifying reputation, Spartans haven’t eliminated unwanted infants by exposure since cuckolded Menelaus plunged Hellas into war. But still, you were SO close to the campus renowned for Intelligence, Industry and Integrity plus, the very groovy Plum Street, you must feel regret as to miss such a tremendous opportunity that Wayne State did and continues to represent.

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Kaiser Wilhelm

Mark, I am so used to this one-upmanship when it comes to colleges – and other assorted issues for that matter – that I now find it no less than hilarious, whether it’s intended as tongue-in-cheek like yours or otherwise. To this day I remember that when I visited my MSU girlfriend’s home in Birmingham her friends were asking her why she wasn’t with somebody from the University of Michigan instead. After I transferred to a college in Massachusetts my Connecticut girlfriend’s mother asked her why she wasn’t up at Yale (with the guy she had met while I had… Read more »

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Mark D.

Tongue-in-cheek? Is that when one packs a masticated mass of that deli-ghtful deli-cacy in one’s cheek for a snack later?

Of course, you would never have had to tolerate those girlfriends’ and mothers’ barbs had you elected to become a Tartar, which, by the way, is a culture more proximate and relevant to your proud lineage than a population of ancient misogynistic war mongering fascists.

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Kaiser Wilhelm

Personally I have no taste for tongue, even on the thankfully rare occasion when I have almost swallowed mine. Egad.

As for the Tartars, I wasn’t aware of them being known for anything other than their sauce, which I will readily admit I do find quite delightful. Or was it their sauciness in social discourse that as an Eastern European – technically “middle-Eastern European” (not near-Asian) – I found so difficult not to admire.

You know, it is truly getting ever more challenging to recall impressions of events that occurred several empires ago. What to do, what to do?

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Mark D.

I think there may be a Munich throng from the late 30s/early 40s (take your pick) absent from the collage. Of course, his highness was residing in The Netherlands at the time, so the omission is understandable.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Actually I wasn’t even born yet, Kamerad Mark, but I’m happy to let that little oversight slide since it is common knowledge that Americans aren’t nearly as informed as they could be in regard to the finer details regarding the personages, locations and chronologies of the European royal and noble lineages.
Pictured below: Karl von Hapsburg(-Lorraine), current Archduke of Austria. Like yours truly, he also took courses at Michigan State University. “It’s a small world after all.” Love it!

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Mark D.

Now, at least, I know what sub-lingual means, I think.

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Kaiser Wilhelm

Whoa, Comrade Mark, are you having chest pains or did you have a myocardial infarction? I had my heart attack in 1995 – and as close to the reaper’s edge as possible I was – but with my stent I have been fine ever since. On the other hand, I have never gone anywhere without my Nitro and my baby aspirin kept close at hand since then either.

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Mark D.

Nah, just some borrowed clip art.

Clear…!

Kaiser Wilhelm

Thankfully for me I didn’t get to experience “clear” as that is reserved for cardiac arrest and not for heart attacks as such. I was treated with the powerful clot buster TPA instead. Zeus bless medical research!

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Kaiser Wilhelm

That Marine gave you some sound advice, Jake. This third round of mine of building a coin collection depends almost entirely on that institution. Even with all the Mint’s well known quirks and difficulties, I still find it more price effective and secure to acquire my coins in that manner than any other that I’ve been able to find.

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Kaiser Wilhelm

Reminds me, Jake, of those hyper-hypocritical professional parasites on Wall Street who claim to abhor Socialism but somehow are always the only ones in line for the “too big to fail” trillion dollar government (i.e. taxpayer funded) bailout whenever they have managed to land themselves in one of those greed-generated jams that simultaneously result in wholesale devastation of our nation’s economy.

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Kaiser Wilhelm

The only “firewater” I indulge in these days, Seth, considering I’ve been an unswerving Friend Of Bill W. for nigh on 33 years, is that which comes out of the business end of a jalapeno (or hotter) pepper.

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Kaiser Wilhelm

Seth, there’s a memorable part of a song thanks to its clever lyrics by the late great jazz pianist and singer Mose Allison that I think also has a lot of relevance here, to wit…
“You know if silence was golden
You couldn’t raise a dime
Because your mind is on vacation and your mouth is workin’ overtime.”

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Kaiser Wilhelm

Glenn, no offence, but I was far more aligned with your sentiments when you previously pointed out that this medal did not represent all of the Air Force because it concentrated too much on the pilots. The racial issue just lessens the focus of your prior criticism.

Seth Riesling

Kaiser –

Glenn must not know that the obverse was designed by a White man, & the reverse was designed by another White man. Talk about White privilege!

NumisdudeTX

Jake

I agree KW and Seth

Kaiser Wilhelm

Jake and Seth, too many white people in the USA have spent so much time and energy keeping black people down that any hint of this arrangement coming to an end causes a high level of fear. The problem is that the result of that fear appears to be a wave of anger and hatred.

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Jake

Too many stupid guilty white people* is what I’d say.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Unfortunately, Jake, it doesn’t take all that many of their ilk to cause trouble vastly disproportionate to their relatively small numbers. Consider that in the most powerful country in history it took very little time and effort for a few hundred very determined traitorous hooligans to breach the defenses of and occupy a good part of the interior of the nation’s Capitol Building. It is a testament to our values as a people that the government’s reaction was so exceedingly measured; in many another national venue that violent rebellious mob would I dare say have been dealt with rather more… Read more »

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Jake

Yup stupid guilty white people rioted at the Capitol and stupid guilty white people burnt down my neighborhood under the guise of BLM. Lots of stupid guilty white people in the world. KW I think we can all agree Poor Seth and the state of Texas are dealing with the real problem, Reverse Insurrectioners. Texas Democrats

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Kaiser Wilhelm

Jake, I thank you for regaling us with the above crossover meme of “Home Alone 2” and “January 6 At The Capitol”. Simply brilliant!

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Jake

Thanks KW Lol

Kaiser Wilhelm

You’re quite welcome, Jake, and I assure you the pleasure was all mine.

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Kaiser Wilhelm

I just had a little afterthought on what you said in the comment about the Capitol Invasion and the burning of your neighborhood, Jake. It’s just in my humble opinion of course, but I believe it might be a bit more accurate to call all these assorted white people involved in those particular violent incidents to be “self-entitled” about everything rather than feeling “guilty” about anything. When that mob of criminals attacked our highest legislative institution with murderous intent they did so not out of guilt about anything, they did so because in their twisted little minds they thought it… Read more »

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Kaiser Wilhelm

What I completely forgot to point out about that picture above is that the guy on the left with the American flag, the painted face and the horned Viking helmet isn’t anywhere near as wacky as the one on the right who merely appears to be pointing the way. Now that’s scary.

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Kaiser Wilhelm

Thank you for the link to that very informative and exceedingly inspirational biography, Jamie; it’s not easy to find stories like that.

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B K

The US Mint should stick to minting coins only, The crap they stamp somtimes is a joke, as I would rather have 5 1oz Eagles over a 2 1/2oz silver round with a picture stamped on it

Kaiser Wilhelm

I’m just a wee bit confused here, B K. Did you perhaps mean to say 2 ASE’s with money left over, because 5 ASE’s would cost you double the price of this 2 1/2 ounce silver medal. Or perhaps you were referring instead to five Bullion ASE’s which would come to half the price each of their numismatic ASE counterparts, but then you would be getting essentially the same type of silver “round” as the 2 1/2 ounce silver medal since that is essentially what Bullion so-called “coinage” represents (which is why it too lacks a mint mark). Just wondering.

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c_q

so, no problem finding the silver for this thing, unlike the morgan and peace dollars?

Steve

I think it’s a nice design, pretty pricey but a nice looking medal. And the Coast guard design is absolutely beautiful. I would like to get the entire series. Hopefully the rest will be easy to acquire and not have to pay over cost.

Glenn

They are coming out with the same coin next year in a 1-ounce size. That will likely be more affordable, unless silver skyrockets by then.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Exactly, Glenn, as that will make it more competitive for collector dollars.

Kaiser Wilhelm

***I meant the money collectors want to spend on items from the Mint.

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Kaiser Wilhelm

It’s always such a difficult conundrum; how much to spend on coins and how much to put aside for necessities. Gotta have that ASE Type 2! 🙂

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Kaiser Wilhelm

The Mint is like a box of chocolates, c_q; you never know what you’re going to get.

Mammoth

Exactly, Kaiser. This certainly applies to the next round of 2021 Morgan Dollar sales.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Mammoth, we can be sure of only one thing when it comes to a coin series that has already had a notorious prior sale event, and that is not only can anything at all happen but it’s a good bet that it will. Oh, the humanity!

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Mark D.

Too soon.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Not at all, Mark…that actually happened a long time ago. 😉

sam tweedy

US MINT>>>>>>>>>>>>> RUN FORREST RUN >>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Kaiser Wilhelm

For all we know, sam, that darn Mint might be able to outrun Forrest after all.

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Christopher Williams

Nice looking coin, but not for $160.00. Checked a few minutes ago and it’s still available. A little surprised that it’s still available.

Kaiser Wilhelm

It’s not actually a coin and it is substantially overpriced, which makes it somewhat less surprising that it’s not selling as quickly as might have previously been expected.

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Christopher Williams

You’re right. Still available as of July 14, 2021 at 4:37PM EST.

Anyone who wants one down the road, I predict, will be able to buy one at below cost.

Kaiser Wilhelm

That’s why it’s far less nerve wracking to collect to keep rather than to sell.

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Rooster

Just got notice that this has been shipped. Maybe things have improved. We shall see.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Congrats, Rooster. It’s nice to see the Mint work like it’s supposed to for someone.

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Mammoth

It would have been a nice touch to honor the mechanics who keep our Air Force jets in tip-top condition, but there is only so much room on a coin…er…medal.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Glenn happened to bring up that very point early on in the conversation, Mammoth, and I certainly couldn’t disagree with him. I’ve seen enough documentaries (and fiction films) about the Air Force and its operations to know that without a ground crew no military aircraft would be able to keep flying very long. As a secondary but not at all insignificant issue, I was dismayed to see that of all the aircraft that could have been chosen to represent the Air Force on this Medal it was the incredibly over budget, absurdly expensive, ridiculously behind schedule and contrary to pie-in-the-sky… Read more »

Kaiser Wilhelm

President Eisenhower is already in the discussion, so I’ll let him speak for himself.

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TheKings714

KW, with all due respect, the medal depicts the F22 and the USAF does not fly the F-18 E/F Super Hornet. But you are correct in stating that another aircraft would be emblematic of the various airframes of the USAF, including the A-10.

Kaiser Wilhelm

I stand corrected, TheKings714, and thank you for the information. I don’t even know why I locked on to the idea of the depicted airplane being the F-35, except perhaps due to having been a military brat (Lower Austrian/Viennese Occupation 1947-HQUSAREUR Heidelberg 1965) and a lifelong military buff I’ve been known to have a bone to pick with the ridiculous cost overruns for the sort of questionable hardware such as the aforementioned fighter aircraft. As for the F-18, that was a simple “hole in my knowledge” error; I truly wasn’t aware that the Air Force wasn’t equipped with these. Anyway,… Read more »

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Mark D.

Comrade Kaiser, FYI, Austrian Airlines is promoting US>Austria RT flights starting at $515. Bon Voyage.

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Kaiser Wilhelm

Danke Schoen, Kamerad Mark, and while it is of course very tempting and certainly seems like a great opportunity price wise, that is the case when confined to a reality vacuum. Unfortunately the Covid-19 Delta Variant is currently gathering steam world wide, and for a mid-seventies (the age, not the era) couple with some rather iffy underlying conditions, though indeed fully vaccinated, we just don’t feel comfortable taking that kind of a chance. We worked really hard to get to be this old and we would hate to blow it all now as it would be akin to crossing the… Read more »

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Mark D.

They really do look ants from up here, nonetheless, I still care.

Kaiser Wilhelm

While it is no longer the largest Ferris Wheel in the world, Mark, I would contend that it is far and away the most unique and impressive one.

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Chris Terp

Served in US Navy and understand my USAF brethren wanting this. Waiting for Navy Medal – Navy All the Way!

Kaiser Wilhelm

Thank you for your service, Chris! I was drafted in the summer of 1966 during the height of the Vietnam buildup. I was discharged sometime after my physical due to circumstances too incredible to explain and virtually impossible to believe.
These Medals are long overdue for those who served who are still alive and in the memory of all the others who deserve to be remembered with gratitude and reverence.

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Seth Riesling

Amen brother Kaiser!

And, at least you showed up for your draft duty appointment as a USA citizen in 1966, instead of fleeing North. Thanks so very much to all our USA armed forces veterans past & present and active duty also!! – with much gratitude from me as a civilian, as you are all my heroes.

NumisdudeTX

Kaiser Wilhelm

Thanks so much for the kind words, Seth. Prior to my completely unexpected experience with the U.S. Army I had qualified for a full NROTC scholarship at Johns Hopkins after passing all the written exams and the board of officers interviews. However, despite having what I of course assumed to be a firm commitment the Navy summarily withdrew the entire offer due to a last-minute discovery on my record of my apparently deal-breaking poor uncorrected eyesight. So I didn’t feel bad about the Army eventually taking a pass on me after the fact since I had in good conscience given… Read more »

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Chris Terp

Ah, for throwing trash on highway?, a Group W Bencher 😉

Served in peacetime myself.

Kaiser Wilhelm

Oh heck, you found me out, Chris. I don’t think I’ll be able to live this down.

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