Title – Yankee Air Pirates – U.S. Air Force Uniforms and Memorabilia of the Vietnam War Vol. 1 and 2
Authors – Olivier Bizet and Francois Millard
This eagerly awaited series of books has helped to fill the void of missing information for many USAF Vietnam era uniform and aviation collectors, as well as for Vietnam war researchers by showcasing everyday items used by US military personnel from the 1960s to the 1970s in South East Asia.
Arranged into 2 separate volumes, Vol 1 covers the USAF command-control, tactical control, forward air control, rescue, electronic warfare, air police and security police units. Vol 2 focuses on the aerial ports, medical, airlift, special operations, Strategic Air Command. Extensive coverage of flight suits, flight helmets, utility shirts, jungle jackets, plaques is covered in this 2nd volume.
Each book has a range of topic areas with much text detailing units, history, organisational structure and equipment used. Many insights to USAF personnel and how they operated in the war zone are revealed. Each chapter is supplemented with high quality, black & white and colour photos showing the items in excellent detail. The photos are captioned by the authors.
Yankee Air Pirates – U.S. Air Force Uniforms and Memorabilia of the Vietnam War – Volume 1
The first in this series, this well laid out and comprehensive book presents hundreds of US Air Force items, many of them named to the individual who wore them. Packed with over 900 color photos the book examines 58 different USAF units and also provides the reader with a better understanding of how the Command-Control, Tactical Control, Forward air control, Rescue, Electronic Warfare, Air Police and Security Police operated.
A detailed end chapter provides reference information by model and date of uniforms, footwear, headgear, equipment and much much more.
Yankee Air Pirates – U.S. Air Force Uniforms and Memorabilia of the Vietnam War – Volume 2
Volume 2 of Yankee Air Pirates expands on the ground breaking Vol. 1 with another 1,200 photos covering 70 units. The units covered include Aerial Ports, Medical, Airlift, Special Operations, Strategic Air Command and more.
The reader is shown a large variety of different flight suits, plaques, insignia, flight helmets, utility shirts, jungle jackets, headgear, weapons and souvenir lighters. There are also many theater-made items included ranging from patches, uniforms, hats to rank slides which were acquired by both flying and ground units. A detailed end chapter provides indepth coverage of a large range of rank and insiginia used on various uniforms and headgear.
Other aspects examined include items used at airbases in South Vietnam, Thailand and other locations, the mighty B-52s, the gear used in the secret missions to rescue the POWs in North Vietnam and much more. Highly recommended for anyone seeking out that extra detail for museum displays or personal collections.
Size: 9″ x 12″ | 900+ color photos | 328 pp
Pages: 520 pp
Binding: hard cover
Vol 1. – http://www.schifferbooks.com/yankee-air-pirates-u-s-air-force-uniforms-and-memorabilia-of-the-vietnam-war-vol-1-command-control-a-tactical-control-a-forward-air-control-a-rescue-a-electronic-warfare-a-air-police-security-police-5228.html for $89.95 US plus postage.
Size: 9″ x 12″ | 1221 color & b/w photos, charts | 352 pp
Pages: 520 pp
Binding: hard cover
Vol.2 – http://www.schifferbooks.com/yankee-air-pirates-u-s-air-force-uniforms-and-memorabilia-of-the-vietnam-wara-volume-2-5801.html for $89.95 US plus postage.
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