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Old Miniature Metal Penguins U. S. Air Force Academy Advertising Souvenir Cigarette Lighter
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Old Miniature Metal Penguins U. S. Air Force Academy Advertising Souvenir Cigarette Lighter
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The picture below shows four larger views around this Old Miniature Metal Penguins U. S. Air Force Academy Advertising Souvenir Cigarette Lighter. The lighter is not dated but it is old. The insignia design on the front is enameled in red, white and blue. It is believed to be from the Vietnam War Era. There is a metal loop on the hinge so that it could go on a chain, or mounted on a keychain. It is marked on the side and bottom as follows:

AIR FORCE
ACADEMY

“PENGUINS”
NO. 137
JAPAN

The closed lighter measures about 7/8'' x 1-3/8'' x 3/8''. It appears to be in very good condition as pictured. The lighter will require a new flint, and lighter fluid for use.

Below here, for reference, is some additional information about the United States Air Force Academy:

United States Air Force Academy
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Motto: Integrity First, Service before self, Excellence in all we do
Type: U.S. Service Academy Direct Reporting Unit
Established: 1 April 1954
Endowment: $47 million
Superintendent: Lt. Gen. Jay B. Silveria
Dean: Brigadier General Linell A. Letendre
Commandant: Brigadier General Michele Edmonson
Academic staff: 550 (70% military : 30% civilian)
Students: 4,237 cadets
Location: Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
Campus: Suburban – 18,455 acres (7,468.5 ha)
Colors: Blue, Silver
Nickname: Falcons
Sporting affiliations: NCAA Division I – MW, MPSF, Big 12, SoCon, PRC, WWPA
Mascot: Gyrfalcon

The United States Air Force Academy (USAFA, the Air Force Academy, or the Academy) is a military academy for officer cadets of the United States Air Force and United States Space Force immediately north of Colorado Springs, Colorado. It is the youngest of the five U.S. service academies, having graduated its first class 61 years ago in 1959, but is the third in seniority. Graduates of the academy’s four year program receive a Bachelor of Science degree and are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Air Force or U.S. Space Force. The academy is also one of the largest tourist attractions in Colorado, attracting approximately a million visitors each year.

Admission is extremely competitive, with nominations divided equally among Congressional districts. Recent incoming classes have had about 1,200 cadets; since 2012, around 20% of each incoming class does not graduate. During their tenure at the Academy, cadets receive tuition, room and board, and a monthly stipend all paid for by the Air Force. On the first day of a cadet’s second class year, cadets commit to serving a number of years as a commissioned officer in the Air Force or Space Force. Non graduates after that point are expected to fulfill their obligations in enlisted service or pay back full tuition. The commitment is normally five years of active duty and three years in the reserves, although it has varied depending on the graduate’s Air Force Specialty Code.

The program at the academy is guided by the Air Force’s core values of “Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All We Do”, and based on four “pillars of excellence”: military training, academics, athletics and character development. In addition to a rigorous military training regimen, cadets also take a broad academic course load with an extensive core curriculum in engineering, humanities, social sciences, basic sciences, military studies and physical education. All cadets participate in either intercollegiate or intramural athletics, and a thorough character development and leadership curriculum provides cadets a basis for future officership. Each of the components of the program is intended to give cadets the skills and knowledge that they will need for success as officers.

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Old Miniature Metal Penguins U. S. Air Force Academy Advertising Souvenir Cigarette Lighter


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