"Win Your Wings" US Air Force Recruitment Vintage Poster, 1952

Presented is a collage showcasing a Korean War era poster and a U.S. Air Corps patch. This Air Force recruitment poster was published in May 20, 1952 and reads, “WIN YOUR WINGS” in bold white lettering and “Pilots and Aircraft Observers Needed Now / U. S. AIR FORCE.” The poster’s artwork was originally done by the artist, Kenneth Thompson.

The collage’s poster was released in 1952, during the Korean War. It shows a B-36 Peacemaker flying high through troubling green gas with the globe disappearing into the background. The eerie-looking background suggests an enemy that is enveloping the world while air force personnel are in great need. Using the classic phrase “win your wings,” the Air Force calls on new recruits to enlist. The Korean War was the first official conflict involving the newly independent Air Force and was a chance to prove the necessity of that military branch. Previously, the air corps had been made up of pilots and airmen serving in other branches of the military, more specifically the Army. The patch sitting below the poster was designed during WWII for the Army Air Corps, Air Force, Class A before the United States had a separate Air Force.


Overall very good condition. The 1952 poster has one small scratch on the bottom of the plane and one just above the “P” in “Pilots” Otherwise, the poster shows no signs of damage and the colors are still vibrant. Together with the patch, this poster has been beautifully framed according to the highest archival standards.

Framed Dimensions: 44” H x 32 ½” W x 1 ½” D

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