The difference as shown in photo's is that the TA version are more droopy, these are known by "Them and Those" as "Clipped Wings" just as birds that have there wings "Clipped" it prevents flight further than there cage or out of area's........
Here goes then. Pic 1 are wings as worn by 21 and 22 SAS, pic 2 is 23 SAS wings. Why the difference? Christ knows.
Bear in mind that nowadays, you generally only see members of the SAS wearing wings on No 2 dress and rarely, if ever, on working dress. Another difference is that 21 SAS rank badges in No 2 dress are in LI pattern of dark green crowns, chevrons etc on maize coloured backing material, whereas 22 SAS wear dark blue on light blue rank insignia in No 2 dress (I have no idea what 23 SAS rank insignia looks like).
CP is right.
Droopy wings were for 23 -( late 70's/ early 80's)
21 wore standard pattern
This is to do with the lineage/history, I was told the Artisis Rifles can be traced to the 3rd of foot (1700's)
Oh no he's not: : Like I said just give the PTS a call and ask them, they have the definitive answer. The guy I had a chat with, was the resident PJI to 23 during the period you just mentioned as well as other SF post during his time. He is not serving now but still works at PTS because of his wealth of experience. Give him a call and ask for the welshman with the red face. Im sure there are those who have recently been on the BPC who will know who Im talking about as he has a thing about para helmets and hooks Also no Brit SF wings, even back to WW2 ever had more then two periferal lines on the canopy, normaly just one rounded periferal line, both TA included.