AAC -1920 Australian Air Corps cap badge

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You are viewing a vintage 1920 (post WWI era) Cap Badge for the AAC (Australian Air Corps). This white metal badge has a vertical "tang" type attachment , original and intact. Nice age patina on the back. Has an eagle design in a wreath, above the AAC lettering, all under a George Vth Crown... It is in excellent condition, showing clearly its detailed workmanship. An extremely rare badge of the period since the Australian Air Corps only existed for about one year in 1920. (view the history below) ...

In December 1919, the remnants of the wartime Australian Flying Corps (AFC) were disbanded, and replaced on 1 January 1920 by the Australian Air Corps (AAC), which was, like the AFC, part of the Australian Army. Australia's senior airman, Lieutenant Colonel Richard Williams, was overseas, and Major William Anderson was appointed commander of the AAC, a position that also put him in charge of the Central Flying School (CFS) at Point Cook, Victoria. Anderson took over on 19 February. CFS remained the AAC's sole unit, and Point Cook its only air base. 

The AAC was an interim organization intended to exist until the establishment of a permanent Australian air service. The decision to create such a service had been made in January 1919, amid competing proposals by the Army and the Royal Australian Navy for separate forces under their respective jurisdictions. Budgetary constraints and arguments over administration and control led to ongoing delays in the formation of an independent air force.

By direction of the Chief of the General Staff, Major General Gordon Legge, in November 1919, the AAC's prime purpose was to ensure existing aviation assets were maintained. The corps' primary purpose was to maintain assets of the Central Flying School at Point Cook, Victoria, but several pioneering activities also took place under its auspices: AAC personnel set an Australian altitude record that stood for a decade, made the first non-stop flight between Sydney and Melbourne, and undertook the country's initial steps in the field of aviation medicine. The AAC operated fighters, bombers and training aircraft, including some of the first examples of Britain's Imperial Gift to arrive in Australia. At the end of 1920 the RAAF came formally into existence, but the original members were mostly WWI Flying Corps veterans.

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