Aviation Merit Badge HISTORY
 
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Aviation MERIT BADGE History
 
Preceded by: Introduced: Discontinued: Replaced with:
New 1914 1941 Aerodynamics
Aeronautics
Airplane Design
Airplane Structure
Aerodynamics
Aeronautics
Airplane Design
Airplane Structure
1952 current current
       
The Aviation merit badge was split into 4 separate merit badges; Aerdynamics, Aeronautics, Airplane Design, and Airplane Structure, in the early 1940's and lasted a decade. The 4 merit badges were at the core of advancement for the Air Scouts program. These 4 merit badges are counted separately and are not included in the Aviation numbers.
 
Aviation Merit Badges Earned by Year
             
  1911 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919
  0 4 9 16 12 18 23 38 103
                   
1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929
89 175 149 154 164 167 321 551 2,548 1,294
                   
1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939
1,679 1,482 1,062 1,047 905 1,021 968 943 1,237 1,574
                   
1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
1,791 2,299 715 189            
                   
1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
    363 2,024 2,479 2,642 3,090 3,905 3,991 3,730
                   
1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
4,057 4,973 3,290 3,250 3,054 2,930 3,996 4,473 4,941 4,833
                   
1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
4,682 5,196 4,831 7,814 7,294 7,567 6,901 6,705 6,430 4,790
                   
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
3,136 5,057                
                   
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
      15,488     14,365      
                   
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
17,257 18,297 19,638 19,986 17,859 17,641 18,624 16,483 17,219 20,787
                   
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
21,173 21,440 20,751 18,330 17,522 15,170 14,477
                   
            Grand Total: 634,144
                   
Cells shown in green indicate that merit badges were earned during the year but the exact number is not currently known. The Grand Total is based off of official reports and research and includes all known and unknown yearly numbers.  Detailed annual numbers will be updated after being found and validated.  Grand Total is for merit badges earned through 2016.
                   
Cells with the year shadowed in orange indicate that merit badges were earned during the year but were earned prior/post the merit badge's official offering dates.  In some rare cases the BSA would introduce the merit badge early to a small group or event as a roll out or introduction of the "new badge".  More often badges earned after the official end date are usually a result of the BSA allowing Scouts who had already started work on the badge requirements prior to the end date to continue working and earning the badge, but ONLY if they had already started working on the old requirements. There are other special/unique situations that also account for these later year numbers.
 
Aviation MERIT BADGES
 
Aviation Merit Badge - Type A Aviation Merit Badge - Type A Aviation Merit Badge - Type B Aviation Merit Badge - Type C Aviation Merit Badge - Type C
Type A Type A Type B Type C Type C
1911-1921 1920-1933 1934-1935 1936-1939 1940-1942
(variations) (variations) (heavyweight cloth) (heavyweight cloth) (lightweight cloth)
         
DOES NOT EXIST IN THIS STYLE Aviation Merit Badge - Type E DOES NOT EXIST IN THIS STYLE Aviation Merit Badge - Type G Aviation Merit Badge - Type G
Type D Type E Type F Type G Type G
  1947-1960   1961 1962-1971
      (cloth back) (cloth back)
         
Aviation Merit Badge - Type H DOES NOT EXIST IN THIS STYLE Aviation Merit Badge - Type J Aviation Merit Badge - Type J Aviation Merit Badge - Type K
Type H Type I Type J Type J Type K
1972-1998   1999 2000-2009 2010-2014
(blue, clear, and molded)   (Scout Stuff back) (Scout Stuff back) (BSA 2010 back)
         
Aviation Merit Badge - Type L        
Type L        
2015-current        
(Since 1910 back)        
 
Aviation MERIT BADGE PAMPHLETS
 
Aviation Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 1C Aviation Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 2 Aviation Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 3A Aviation Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 3B
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3A Type 3B
1920 1920-1924 1925-1927 1928-1938
       
Aviation Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 3C Aviation Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 3D Aviation Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 4 Aviation Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 6A
Type 3C Type 3D Type 4 Type 6A
1936 1939 1940-1942 1954-1962
       
Aviation Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 6B Aviation Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 7A Aviation Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 7 Aviation Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 8A-1
Type 6B Type 7A Type 7B Type 8A-1
1963-1965 1966-1968 1969-1972 1973-1975
       
Aviation Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 8A-2 Aviation Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 9 Aviation Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 9 Aviation Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 9
Type 8A-2 Type 9A Type 9B Type 9C
1976-1978 1979-1999 2000-2005 2006-2007
       
Aviation Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 10A Aviation Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 10B Aviation Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 10C-1A Aviation Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 10C-1B
Type 10A Type 10B Type 10C-1A Type 10C-1B
2008 2009 2010-2011 2012-2013
       
Aviation Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 10C Aviation Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 10D    
Type 10C-2 Type 10D    
2014-2015 2016-current    

 

KNOWN AVIATION MERIT BADGE PAMPHLET HARD COVER VARIETIES

 
Aviation Merit Badge Pamphlet Hard Cover - Type HCJ Aviation Merit Badge Pamphlet Hard Cover - Type HCL Aviation Merit Badge Pamphlet Hard Cover - Type HCM  
Type HCJ Type HCL Type HCM  
       
 
this page last reviewed / updated: October 2017
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