The following is a comprehensive bibliography of articles (newspaper, magazine and on-line) and publications related to USAF patch collecting. Thr articles and publications cover a wide range of topics to include, but not limited to, collecting, heraldry, lineage, organization, installations and guidance. Many of the items listed in this bibliography are available in electronic format; when available on-line, a link is provided for those items.

For publications not available on-line, many can be obtained from various booksellers. Barnes & Noble®,® and Books-A-Million® offer many of the more recent titles. Out-of-print books may be obtained from® and Alibris™. These sites allow you to search the inventories of hundreds of used, rare and collectible book sellers.

Another great source for articles and publications is your local library. While many of the books listed may be obscure titles that are not in your local library’s collection, many can be obtained via inter-library loan. This great program allows you to request books from other libraries throughout the US and have them sent to your local library for checkout. In many libraries, this program is free for any library card holder. For articles, your local library may have electronic databases available for you to obtain copies. Depending on your library, these databases may be available at home as well as in the library. Inquire with you local library about all these services.


“ADCOM’s Fighter Interceptor Squadrons.” The Interceptor, January 1979. (accessed 23 November 2012).

Cully, George W. “Squadrons.” Air Force Magazine, December 1992. (accessed 26 October 2010). (Reprinted on by permission from Air Force Magazine, published by the Air Force Association.)

“Emblems Of Success: F-22 Patch Collecting.” Code One Magazine, 1st Quarter 2008. (accessed 26 October 2010).

Foisie, Jack. “Thailand Tailor Flies High as Air Force Status Symbol.” The Milwaukee Journal, June 19, 1971. (accessed 26 October 2010).

Gaudiano, Nicole. “Army Turns to Velcro to Keep Unit Patches.” Air Force Times, 11 July 2005. (accessed 26 December 2009).

Gaudiano, Nicole. “Cost of Heritage: Decision to Rid Uniforms of Patches Pits Savings Against Source of Pride.” Air Force Times, 11 July 2005. (accessed 26 December 2009).

Hinson, Mary. “Unit Patch To Adorn Air Force Academy Football Uniforms”. Air Force Reserve Command News Service, 28 June 2007. (accessed 26 December 2009).

“Insignia of A.E.F. Aero Squadrons.” Daughter of the American Revolution Magazine, Date Unknown. (accessed 26 October 2010). (Reprint courtesy of the Air Force Enlisted Heritage Research Institute).

Murray, Ben. “Insignia on His Mind: Collector Searches for AF Unit Patches.” Stars and Stripes, 28 February 2007, UK Weekly Edition. (accessed 26 December 2009).

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. “Badge of Honor: 100 Missions Up North.” (accessed 26 December 2009).

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. “Disney Pins on Wings: The Insignia Art of Walt Disney Productions During World War II.” (accessed 26 December 2009).

Patton, Phil. “Patches of Honor.” Voice: AIGA Journal of Design, 29 July 2008. (accessed 26 December 2009).

Perini, Michael. “Patches: Windows on History.” Airman Magazine, September 1991. (accessed 26 December 2009).

“Porties mark 50th with Jiminy Cricket.” Air Force Times, 15 August 2009. (accessed 26 December 2009).

Rhodes, Jeffrey P. “Patches.” Air Force Magazine, October 1990. (accessed 26 December 2009). (Reprinted on by permission from Air Force Magazine, published by the Air Force Association.)

Rolfsen, Bruce. “Patches: Show of Pride or Worthless Clutter?” Air Force Times, 2 June 2010. (accessed 26 October 2010).

Stephens, Andy. “Separated at Birth? The Secret History of the 970th AACS ‘Rabbit Patch'”. Tinker Take-Off, 7 April 2006. (accessed 26 December 2009).

Sumida, Chiyomi. “Military-themed Patches, Embroidery on Display at Okinawa Museum, Shops.” Stars and Stripes, 12 February 2008, Pacific Edition. (accessed 26 December 2009).

“Taking Away Air Force Heraldry Means Taking Away Its Heritage”. Air Force Times, 27 September 2004. (accessed 26 December 2009).

“Wear of AFRC patch becomes mandatory Oct. 1.” Air Force Reserve Command News Service, 7 June 2006. (accessed 26 December 2009).