Yankee Air Pirates -- U.S. Air Force Uniforms & Memorabilia of the Vietnam War: Volume 1 -- Command & Control, Tactical Control, Forward Air Control, ... Warfare, Air Police / Security Police Hardcover – 28 May 2013
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'Reviewed in Militaria, March 2014'
About the Author
Olivier Bizet started collecting Vietnam War militaria in 1991 and is a regular contributor to Militaria Magazine in France.
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The book itself is full of substantive,verified fact quoting from official regulations and orders (a problem for many authors who seem to think personal conjecture or single source testimony amounts to bone-fide exhaustive research) on the men, missions, duties and items worn during the era and the authors have assembled some of the finest artifacts remaining from collections around the globe.
The book is full of technical information also but both authors skill lies in being able to write without making the text dry or too dense to enjoy. The book is clearly a labour of love and passion and the desire to 'do it right' shines through on every single page.
It is also worth noting that even if you are considering it as an aid to see what is available in the militaria market you will not be disappointed as the array of uniforms and equipment assembled is simply without peer and shows the science of collecting flight related items.
Highly, highly recommended and i am looking forward to volume two with baited breath.
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This book got me thinking about things I had long since buried in the recesses of my mind. I had left the Security Police career field due to an injury and was re-trained into Public Affairs (print journalism). At one base, one of my co-workers had been an Air Force Combat Controller in Vietnam. He continued to remind me rather rudely over a two year period about how Combat Controllers wore the blue beret first and we in Security Police had `stolen' it from them. Actually nothing was further from the truth as shown through this wonderful book.
I was shocked at the variations of the uniforms and equipment. I spent the first weekend with this book pretty much of a time warp looking at things I haven't seen or used in 30+ years.
I will look forward to Volume 2.
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