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    Mexico: Mexican Air Force General de Ala Gonzalo Acosta Fernández, Early Dress Uniform, Medals, and Insignia. Gonzalo Acosta Fernández was born in 1903, attended the Escuela Militar de Aeronautica, and joined the aviation branch of the Mexican Army in the 1920s. He was the son of Mexican Army General de Brigada Gonzalo Acosta Mason, whose uniforms, spiked helmet, and cocked hat are also offered in this auction. In a distinguished career that spanned more than forty years, Acosta Fernández made history when he became the first Mexican aviator to break the sound barrier at El Centro, California. He was an instructor at the Escuela Militar de Aeronautica and ended his military career with the rank of General de Ala. Included in this grouping are:
    An early Mexican Air Force uniform with jacket and trousers. The black wool uniform has a standing black velvet collar with black tabs on which are embroidered winged propeller insignia in gold and silver bullion wire. On the chest of the jacket is an early bullion embroidered eagle in flight, 3.25", with a purple rectangle upon which are the letters "F. A. M." [Fuerza Aérea Mexicana] and below, the Mexican Air Force triangular insignia. Each shoulder has a gold lace strap edged in purple. There are three gold lace stripes above a black velvet cuff with purple trim. The jacket is single breasted with seven button holes (the buttons have been cut off, but are included). There are three large buttons on each coat tail. The uniform trousers have a button fly and a 2" purple stripe down each leg.
    A grouping of seven medals awarded to General Acosta Fernández: the Medal for Teaching Merit [Condecoración al Mérito Docente] for instructors at higher military schools who discharge their duties in an exemplary manner for at least three years. The medal in gilt metal and enamels consists of an eight-pointed star of multiple rays, with blue central medallion bearing head of Aztec chieftain Cuauhtémoc behind the head of the goddess Athena, enclosed within a white band inscribed, "Mérito Docente Militar". A green wreath of laurel surrounds the white band. Suspended from a ribbon with three equal stripes of red-green-red, with a gilt bar at top; the a medal from the Ex-Students Association of the Original School of Military Aeronautics [La Asociacion ex Alumnos Extinta Escuela Militar de Aeronáutica] in gilt metal and enamels with an eight-pointed star of multiple rays, with purple central medallion bearing a gilt winged propeller, enclosed within a white band inscribed, "Asociacion Escuela Militar de Aeronáutica". Suspended from a purple ribbon with three equal stripes of green-white-red, with a gilt bar at top; Five long service medals [Condecoración al Perseverancia] for faithful, uninterrupted periods of military service from 5th Class (15 years) to 1st Class (35 years) in gilt metal and enamels. All have the original ribbons and suspension bars.
    A large group of insignia including: a Mexican pilot wing presented to Gonzalo Acosta Fernández by General Alberto Vieitis del Rio, General Acosta Fernández's shoulder boards, hat insignia, and collar badges.

    This is a particularly fine set of Mexican Air Force material from one of Mexico's notable military families. All items are very fine condition.

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    Auction Dates
    December, 2009
    12th Saturday
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