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Massive and impressive Soviet 1980-1990s parade uniform for a war veteran technical colonel of the Soviet air force. The uniform was acquired from a european collection where it has been a centerpiece. The awards, which are mounted horisontally per post 1980 regulations include the medal for labor distinction, the medal for Victory over Germany and a copy of the Order of Red Banner where, sadly, the original is missing. The ribbons are generally worn yet some of these have obviously been changed over the lapse of the career. Other awards include the medal for Veteran serviceman and all three classes of the irreproachable service awards, the postwar anniversary decorations and two post-Soviet Ukrainian awards. On the wearers left is a very delicate mechanic wing in brass with an enamel red star, which unfortunately has been damaged, a very nice Order of the Patriotic War Ist class (1985 commemorative issue) as well as a graduation badge from a Leningrad aviation academy. We are not able to determine if the shield on the badge is original or a later unofficial addition. As a note, it is plausible that the wartime career was followed by a period outside the armed forces based upon a) the lack of the 1948 anniversary medal and b) the presence of all three irreproachable service awards.
The shoulder boards are golden with two blue stripes and carry three large golden stars each for the rank of colonel. The collar tabs, which are sky blue felt, carry the insignia of the air force technical branch.
The uniform holds a impressive array of late Soviet awards including the Order of Red Banner (replica), above mentioned Medal for Labor distinction, medal for Victory over Germany, the medals for 20th, 30th, 40th and 50th anniversaries of the Victory over Germany, the medal for 1500th anniversary of Kiev, medals for 40th, 50th, 60th and 70th anniversaries of the armed forces and the medals for 20, 15 and 10 years of irreproachable service. Mounted correctly above all awards is the military version of the 100th anniversary of Lenins birth and separately added (not bar mounted) are the ukrainian post-soviet medals for Defender of Motherland and a 1943-2003 commemorative award. On the wearers left is the Order of the Patriotic War I class, a brass 1950-1960s mechanic wing class as well as a above mentioned graduation badge.
The size of the uniform is 52-54 russian or about 42US. The visor cap is a size 56. The uniform comes with matching dark blue, sky blue piped trousers for wear with shoes. The parade belt is not included, but recommended as a separate and optional purchase. Overall, the uniform is in great condition and shows limited wear from time and storage.
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