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Aero Club of America medal

Object Name: Medal
Date: 1917
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Medium: Bronze
Dimensions: Overall (diam.): 2 11/16 in. (6.8 cm)
Place made: Europe, France
Description: Bronze struck medal with obverse showing stylized winged female figure surrounded by stars; legend: "COELI COLIS / STELLARUM CORONA." Reverse has central motif of eagle flying above world globe flanked by laurel branches and inscribed: "AERO CLVB / OF / AMERICA"; tablet inscribed: "SPECIMEN" below; legend: "HONOR and MERIT / 1917."
Object Number: 282
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Marks: Obverse marked at lower center, to the right of image: "PIERRE ROCHE"; reverse, at lower center: "R" within circle

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Founded in 1905, the Aero Club of America was the first group in the country to set standards for pilot's licenses. The Wright Brothers' first official statement that they had solved the problem of mechanical flight was made to the Aero Club. In 1922, the Club joined with other flying clubs to found the National Aeronautic Association.