Authorized by the United States Congress on July 2nd, 1926. Its first recipient was Captain Charles Lindbergh of the U.S. Army Corps Reserve after his 3,600 mile solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean.
Ribbon is largely blue with center red stripe straddled by thin white stripes. Thicker white stripes are apparent near the edges, inboard of thinner blue stripes.
Award Criteria (as detailed by various official sources):
This medal is awarded to any officer or enlisted person of the armed forces of the United States for heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight. Both heroism and achievement must be entirely distinctive, involving operations that are not routine. This award is not awarded for sustained operational activities and flights.
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