|The picture shows a view of all (5) Different United States Air Force Global Volksmarch Advertising Award Medals in this lot. These are medals with red, white, and blue ribbons. They were taken out of their clear bags to be pictured. Beginning at the top left this lot includes the following:|
The first medal has an image of the Space Shuttle Challenger in space with Earth in the background. It has a clear coating over the image. It reads as follows:
USAF VOLKSMARCH 1984
The second medal is enameled with the Statue of Liberty. It is marked on the two sides as follows:
USAF VOLKSMARCH 1985
LIBERTY ENLIGHTENING THE WORLD
COMPLETED 1885 DEDICATED 1886
1985 IS THE 100th ANNIVERSARY OF THE COMPLETION OF ''THE STATUE OF LIBERTY'', BY FRENCH SCULPTOR BARTHOLDI. THE IMAGE IS NOW THE SYMBOL OF FREEDOM FOR ALL PEOPLE.
The third medal is enameled with Bell X-1 Air Force Jet with stars. It is marked on the two sides as follows:
THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE
THE BELL X-1 FASTER THAN SOUND
THE 1986 GLOBAL
THE BELL X-1, PILOTED BY U.S. AIR FORCE CAPTAIN CHUCK YEAGER, BROKE THE SOUND BARRIER IN OCTOBER 1947. THIS EVENT WAS A MILESTONE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF SUPERSONIC FLIGHT AND THE CONQUEST OF SPACE.
The fourth medal has the Spirit of St. Louis airplane. It is marked as follows:
USAF GLOBAL VII VOLKSMARCH
1927 - 1987
CHARLES A. LINDBERGH & THE SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS
CELEBRATING ''THE SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS''
1927 - 1987
THE U.S. AIR FORCE SALUTES ''THE 60th ANNIVERSARY OF HARLES A. LINDBERGH'S SOLO FLIGHT ACROSS THE ATLANTIC OCEAN IN 1927,'' FLYING THE NOW FAMOUS AIRCRAF ''SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS'' THE GLOBAL VII 1987 VOLKSMARCH PROUDLY PRESENTS THIS YEARS EVENT AS A SALUTE TO THOSE SPIRITED AIRMEN WHO HAVE MARCHED FORTH TO NEW FRONTIERS.
The fifth and final medal in this lot has the 1909 Wright Military Flyer, a hiker, a cyclist, a swimmer, and a skier. It is marked on the two sides as follows:
USAF - GLOBAL - IX VOLKSSPORT '89
WRIGHT 1909 MILITARY FLYER
THE ARMED FORCES' FIRST SIRPLANE
THE GLOBAL IX VOLKSSPORT PROGRAM SALUTES THE 80th ANNIVERSARY OF MILITARY AVIATION AND COMMEMORATES THE WRIGHT 1909 MILITARY FLYER. AFTER OBSERVING SUCCESSFUL DEMONSTRATION FLIGHTS CONDUCTED BY ORVILLE AND WILBUR WRIGHT, THE ARMY SIGNAL CORPS DECIDED THAT THE AIRPLANE MIGHT BE USEFUL FOR AERIAL RECONNAISSANCE. THE 735 LBS MILITARY FLYER MEASURED 28' 11'' IN LENGTH, HAD A WINGSPAN OF 36' 6'' AND CARRIED A PRICE TAG OF $30,000. ITS FOUR CYLINDER ENGINE, RATED AT 28 - 42 HORSE POWER, GAVE THE FLYER A TOP SPEED OF 42 MPH.
To judge the sizes the top center medal measure 2-1/2'' wide. All of these awards are in mint unused condition. Below here, for reference, is some additional information:
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Volksmarching (from German Volksmarsch meaning ''peoples' march'') is a form of non-competitive fitness walking that developed in Europe. Participants typically walk 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) on an outdoor path. Volksmarch associations offer incentive awards (usually medals, pins, and patches) for collecting a certain number of events. Volkssport participants enjoy recording distances and event participation in international record books. Less frequently used terms are Volkswanderung and Volkswalk. A Volksmarch is one of several possible Volkssports that can include skiing, biking, or swimming.