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Old 01-18-2018, 07:32 PM
 
Location: E. Amherst
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My terrific son-in-law was just promoted to Captain, and I'd like to acknowledge his achievement. I'd welcome your suggestions and ideas. He's a bit of an 'old-soul', and he might enjoy something from an earlier generation of aviators, or something contemporary. I was thinking of acquiring a vintage, mechanical flyer's watch and have it totally restored.

He loves the Air Force, which he joined straight out of high school. Since then he has continued his education, receiving a Bachelor's degree and is just a few hours away from a Master's degree. Best of all, he married my daughter, and together they are raising two beautiful children.

Thank you for your ideas.
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Old 01-18-2018, 08:25 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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Hmmm.... I am truly lost for suggestions. I retired from the military 25+ years ago.

Take a look at these sites:
https://www.cafepress.com/+air-force-captain+gifts
https://www.etsy.com/market/air_force_gifts
Air Force Gifts - Personalized Military Officer Gifts
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Old 01-19-2018, 07:13 AM
 
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I like Poncho's ideas practical usable but not too much.
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Old 01-19-2018, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Central Massachusetts
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My terrific son-in-law was just promoted to Captain, and I'd like to acknowledge his achievement. I'd welcome your suggestions and ideas. He's a bit of an 'old-soul', and he might enjoy something from an earlier generation of aviators, or something contemporary. I was thinking of acquiring a vintage, mechanical flyer's watch and have it totally restored.

He loves the Air Force, which he joined straight out of high school. Since then he has continued his education, receiving a Bachelor's degree and is just a few hours away from a Master's degree. Best of all, he married my daughter, and together they are raising two beautiful children.

Thank you for your ideas.
An Officer's sword with wall mounted plaque.
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Old 01-19-2018, 06:43 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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How about a Rolex GMT-Master watch? Good used ones are "only" about $4K to $5K.

Good enough for Pete Knight:

[SIZE=3]One of those pilots, Pete Knight, wrote the following to Rolex after one flight. “I finally flew on October 3, 1967 to a speed of 4,534 mph (7,269 kph) or Mach 6.72 and all systems functioned properly with the exception of some local heating damage on the lower ventral. I have been wearing my Rolex GMT-Master for a period of months now and have calibrated it to within a few seconds a day” The throwaway phrases “Mach 6.72” and “some local heating damage on the lower ventral” disguised the real facts. Knight had flown the X-15 to a world record speed that still stands over 30 years later and had brought the plane home after temperatures later determined to have been above 1650C (3000F) burned a ramjet engine off its pylon and seared a hole measuring 18 by 8 centimetres into the ventral fin's leading edge. An airscoop effect channelled hot air into the lower fuselage and damaged the propellant jettison system meaning that Knight eventually had to land the plane 680 kilograms heavier than planned because he could not jettison the residual fuel. If the heat had damaged the craft's hydraulics, Knight might have had to abandon the plane. Fortunately, that did not happen. Knight landed at Edwards Air Force Base with the plane resembling burnt firewood. It seems amazing that the plane made it and even more so that despite acceleration of more than 3.5G the Rolex GMT Master on his wrist also performed perfectly. The other X-15 pilots also wrote to Rolex about their watches but the story of Pete Knight’s final flight is perhaps the most interesting.

https://www.rolexforums.com/showthread.php?t=31386
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Old 01-20-2018, 06:48 AM
 
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This is an awesome promotion for your son-in-law! Congratulations to him and your daughter!! Promotion gifts I think is a difficult topic. Retirement gift ideas are much easier. Promotions are momentous but more solemn in some minor ways I think.

As for gift ideas, simply taking him, your daughter, and family out to dinner after the promotion ceremony might be the best thing. Tell him how proud you are of him and your daughter. Perhaps a card is a sufficient keepsake.

The Clothing Sales store on base has gift items, but none there can IMO really capture the thought you expressed in your OP. In retrospect, my promotions were each very important acheivements personally and the most important thing was the support of loving family and unit support. As a new Captain, he should find the time to share a beer or soda (buy a round) with his close Wingman colleagues at the watering hole on base. Thanks to him for his service and you for your support!!
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Old 01-20-2018, 06:58 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Is he a pilot? If so, some vintage USAF or even USAAC doo dad.

https://www.ebay.com/i/182710561715?...D1420342771860
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Old 01-20-2018, 01:46 PM
 
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Something he can eat or drink.

Advice from an Army Col.
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Old 01-20-2018, 01:51 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Something he can eat or drink.

Advice from an Army Col.

We're talking Air Force here. They eat better than any other service anyway. Well, except maybe the Chief's Mess.
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Old 01-20-2018, 02:11 PM
 
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a Chris Reeve Sebenza folding knife and a Surefire Aviator flashlight would be an awesome combination gift, and memorable, too.



you could add a nice pilot watch, but I don't know anything about those.
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