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FREE DOWNLOAD

Edited by Judy G. Endicott
Washington, DC: Air Force History and Museums Program, 1998
ISBN: 0912799536, 978-0912799537
PDF, 297 pages






Aeroemblem Collector Reference Series

by Jerome Polder
Wichita Falls, TX: Aeroemblem Publications Ltd., 1992
8.5" x 11" full color lithographs






Air Force Bases

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Volume I - Active Air Force Bases Within the United States of America on 17 September 1982
By Robert Mueller
Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1989
ISBN: 0912799536, 978-0912799537
Hardcover and PDF, 652 pages


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Volume II - Air Bases Outside the United States of America
By Harry R. Fletcher
Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1993
ISBN: None
Hardcover and PDF, 220 pages






Air Force Collecting: Patches, Medals, Badges, Insignia

by Cliff Cates
Tulsa, OK: MCN Press, 1982
ISBN: 091295843X, 978-0912958439
Hardcover and Paperback, 96 pages






Air Force Colors

Volume 1, 1926-1942
by Dana Bell
Carrollton, TX: Squadron Signal Publications, 1997
ISBN: 0897470915
Softcover

Volume 2, European & Mediterranean Theaters of Operations 1942-1945
by Dana Bell
Carrollton, TX: Squadron Signal Publications, 1997
ISBN: 0897471083
Softcover

Volume 3, Pacific & Home Front 1942-1947
by Dana Bell
Carrollton, TX: Squadron Signal Publications, 1997
ISBN: 0897473760
Softcover






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by Maurer Maurer
Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office, 1961 & 1983
ISBN: 0912799021
Hardcover and PDF, 506 pages






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edited by Charles Ravenstein
Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office, 1984
ISBN: None
Hardcover and PDF, 342 pages






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Kelly AFB, TX: Air Force News Agency, 1994(?)
ISBN: None
Pamphlet and PDF, 12 pages






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By Greg W. Ogletree
Lompoc, CA: Patriot Press, 1998
ISBN: None
Hardcover, Softbound and PDF, 684 pages






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By Greg W. Ogletree
Lompoc, CA: Garreteer Press, 2003
ISBN: None
Spiralbound and PDF, 178 pages






Air Heraldry

By Carl Mann
New York, NY: Robert M. McBride and Company, 1944
ISBN: None
Hardcover, 255 pages






Air National Guard Pocket Patch Catalog

By Peter V. Bennett
Asheville, NC: Self Published

Original Volume
1988
ISBN: None
Spiralbound, 45 pages
Out of Print

Supplement One
1990
ISBN: None
Looseleaf, 19 pages
Out of Print






Air Training Command Organization: A 30 Year View 1943-1974

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Randolph AFB, TX: Air Training Command History and Research Division, 1974
ISBN: None
Paperback, 80 pages






Air Weather Service: Our Heritage 1937-1987

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by Rita M. Markus, Nicholas F. Halbeisen & John F. Fuller
Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1987
ISBN: None
Softcover & PDF, 167 pages






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By Greg W. Ogletree
Lompoc, CA: Patriot Press, 1994
ISBN: None
Spiralbound, 111 pages






American Flight Jackets: A History of U.S. Flyers Jackets from World War II to Desert Storm

By Jon A. Maguire
Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 2000
ISBN: , 978-0764310652
Hardcover, 256 pages






Battle Colors: Insignia and Aircraft Markings of the U.S. Army Air Forces in WWII

Volume I: Insignia and Aircraft Markings of the Eighth Air Force in World War II, (VIII) Bomber Command
by Robert Watkins
Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 2004
ISBN: 0764319876, 9780764319877
Hardcover, 128 pages

Volume II: Insignia and Aircraft Markings of the Eighth Air Force in World War II, (VIII) Fighter Command
by Robert Watkins
Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 2006
ISBN: 0764325353, 978-0764325359
Hardcover, 144 pages

Volume III: Insignia and Tactical Markings of the Ninth Air Force in World War II
by Robert Watkins
Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 2007
ISBN: 0764329383, 978-0764329388
Hardcover, 168 pages

Volume IV: European-African-Middle Eastern Theater of Operations
by Robert A. Watkins
Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 2010
ISBN: 0764334018, 978-0764334016
Hardcover, 144 pages

Volume V: Pacific Theater of Operations
by Robert A. Watkins
Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 2013
ISBN: 0764343467, 978-0764343469
Hardcover, 160 pages

Volume V: Pacific Theater of Operations
by Robert A. Watkins
Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 2017
ISBN: 0764352733, 978-0764352737
Hardcover, 160 pages






Cold War Legacy: A Tribute to the Strategic Air Command, 1946-1992

by Alwyn T. Lloyd
Missoula, MT: Pictorial Histories Publishing Company, 2000
ISBN: 1575100525, 978-1575100524
Hardcover, 704 pages






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edited by Maurer Maurer
Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office, 1969, 1982
ISBN: 0892010975, 978-0892010974
Hardcover and PDF, 342 pages






Combatant Wings of the Tactical Air Forces

by Maj William G. Yoachim
Maxwell AFB, AL: Air University, 1978
ISBN: None
Softcover, ?? pages






The Comprehensive Guide to United States Air Force Pocket/Shoulder Insignia Motto Series

The Comprehensive Guide to United States Air Force Pocket/Shoulder Insignia Mottos
by Jerome Polder
Wichita Falls, TX: Aeroemblem Publications Ltd., 1985
ISBN: 0961545631, 978-0961545635
Hardcover and Spiral Bound, 261 pages

The Comprehensive Guide to United States Air Force Pocket/Shoulder Insignia Mottos Supplement One
by Jerome Polder
Wichita Falls, TX: Aeroemblem Publications Ltd., 1994
ISBN: 0961545674, 978-0961545673
Hardcover and Spiral Bound, 203 pages






The Comprehensive Illustrated Guide to United States Air Force Pocket/Shoulder Insignia Series

Volume 1 - Units Numbered 1 to 40
by Jerome Polder
Wichita Falls, TX: Aeroemblem Publications Ltd., 1985
ISBN: 0961545607, 978-0961545604
Hardcover and spiralbound, 239 pages

Volume 2 - Units Numbered 41 to 130
by Jerome Polder
Wichita Falls, TX: Aeroemblem Publications Ltd., 1986
ISBN:0961545615, 978-0961545611
Hardcover and Spiralbound, 233 pages

Volume 3 - Units Numbered 131 to 410
by Jerome Polder
Wichita Falls, TX: Aeroemblem Publications Ltd., 1986
ISBN:0961545623
Hardcover and Spiralbound, 238 pages

Volume 4 - Units Numbered 411 to 703
by Jerome Polder
Wichita Falls, TX: Aeroemblem Publications Ltd., 1987
ISBN: 096154564X
Hardcover and Spiralbound, 238 pages

Volume 5 - Units Numbered 704 to 4042
by Jerome Polder
Wichita Falls, TX: Aeroemblem Publications Ltd., 1988
ISBN: 0961545658, 978-0961545659
Hardcover and Spiralbound, 234 pages

Volume 6 - Units Numbered 4043 to End
by Jerome Polder
Wichita Falls, TX: Aeroemblem Publications Ltd., 1989
ISBN: 0961545666
Hardcover and Spiralbound, 168 pages






Decorations, Medals, Ribbons, Badges and Insignia of the United States Air Force: World War II to Present

by Anthony Aldebol
Medals of America Press, 1998
ISBN: 1884452205
Hardcover and softcover, 144 pages






Defender: An Illustrated Guide to United States Air Force, Security Police and Security Forces Patch Insignia

by Timothy J. Ford
Morrisville, NC: Lulu.com, 2010
ISBN: 055754419X and 978-0557544196
Softcover, 256 pages






Defenders of Freedom

by Doug Barnard
Portland, OR: Troutdale Aerodrome, unknown date
Full color posters






Desert Uniforms, Patches, and Insignia of the US Armed Forces

by Kevin M. Born & Alexander F. Barnes
Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 2017
ISBN: 0764352067, 978-0764352065
Hardcover, 344 pages






Disney Don's Dogtags: The Best of Disney Military Insignia from World War II

by Walton H. Rawls
New York, NY: Abbeville Publishing Group, 1992
ISBN: 1558594019, 978-1558594012
Hardcover, 96 pages






Disney During World War II: How the Walt Disney Studio Contributed to Victory in the War

By John Baxter
Glendale, CA: Disney Editions, 2014
ISBN: 1423180275, 978-1423180272
Hardcover, 192 pages






Distinctive Insignia of the U.S. Army Air Forces, 1924-1947

by Joseph M. Massaro
Austin, TX: International Publishing Company, 1987 (supplement 1991)
ISBN: None
Hardcover, 158 pages






Fakes and Reproductions of the Vietnam War: A Guidebook for Collectors and Historians

Volume 1, American Made Cloth Insignia
by Gilbert W. Burket
Omaha, NE: St. Wendel Books, 2001
ISBN: 0971337306
PDF, 22o pages

Volume 2, Asian Made Cloth Insignia & Color Supplement
by Gilbert W. Burket
Omaha, NE: St. Wendel Books, 2005
ISBN: 0971337314
PDF, 406 pages  and 115 pages (Supplement)






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by Dr Daniel Haulman
Maxwell AFB, AL: Air Force Historical Research Agency, 2013
PDF






I Could Tell You But Then You Would Have to Be Destroyed By Me: Emblems from the Pentagon's Black World

By Trevor Paglen
New York, NY: Melville House, 2008
ISBN: 1933633328, 978-1933633329
Hardcover, Softcover and Kindle, 162 pages


Updated Edition
By Trevor Paglen
New York, NY: Melville House, 2014
ISBN: 193555414X
Hardcover, Softcover and Kindle, 162 pages






Into the Blue: Uniforms of the United States Air Force, 1947 - to the Present

Volume 1: Early Years, Uniform Evolution, Transition Years, Khaki Uniforms, Blue Uniforms, Chevrons, Collar Devices, Women's Uniforms, Headgear, Accessories
By Lance P. Young
Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 2011
ISBN: 076433512X, 978-0764343377
Hardcover, 336 pages


Volume 2: Distinctive, Formal/Informal, Air/Security Police, Flight Nurse Apparel, Women's Utility, Air Force Band, USAF Academy
By Lance P. Young with Dave Shultz and Johnny Schlund
Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 2014
ISBN: 0764343815, 978-0764343810
Hardcover, 280 pages






The Mighty Eighth: Warpaint & Heraldry

by Roger Anthony Freeman
London, England: Arms & Armour Press, 1998
ISBN: 1854093738, 978-1854093738
Hardcover, 160 pages






Military Patches [Japanese]

by Aviation Fan Editorial Department
Japan: Books Nippan, 1997
ISBN: 4766332288, 978-4766332285
Softcover, 143 pages






More Silver Wings, Pinks & Greens: An Expanded Study of USAS, USAAC, & USAAF Uniforms, Wings & Insignia, 1913-1945

By Jon A. Maguire
Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 1996
ISBN: 0764300911, 978-0764300912
Hardcover, 350 pages






Nighthawks: Insider’s Guide to the Heraldry and Insignia of the Lockheed F-117A Stealth Fighter

By Patrick Allen Blazek
Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 2004
ISBN: 0764306812, 978-0764306815
Softcover, 80 pages






Organization and Insignia of the American Expeditionary Force: 1917-1923

By R.J. Dalessandro and M.G. Knapp
Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 2008
ISBN: 0764329375, 978-0764329371
Hardcover, 320 pages






Republic’s A-10 Thunderbolt II: A Pictorial History

By Don Logan
Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 1997
ISBN: 0764301470, 978-0764301476
Softcover, 240 pages






Service with Character: The Disney Studios and World War II

By David Lesjak
Langley, Canada: Theme Park Press, 2014
ISBN: 1941500056, 978-1941500057
Paperback and Kindle eBook, 274 pages

This book is an updated and revised edition of Toons at War: World War II Disneyana Collectibles (ISBN: 0968880908), published in 2003 by the same author.






Silver Wings, Pinks & Greens: Uniforms, Wings and Insignia of USAAF Airmen in World War II

By Jon A. Maguire
Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 1994
ISBN: 0887405789, 978-0887405785
Hardcover, 192 pages






Squadron Insignia of the United States Air Force Academy

by P. Michael Sheridan
Colorado Springs, CO: Sheridan Publications, 1990
ISBN: 0962738808, 978-0962738807
Softcover, 40 pages






Strategic Air Command Bomb Wings

B-29 and B-50 Wing Patches
Feenixx Publishing, Petersburg, VA, 2004
18" x 24" full color poster

B-47 Wing Patches
Feenixx Publishing, Petersburg, VA, 2004
18" x 24" full color poster

B-52 Wing Patches
Feenixx Publishing, Petersburg, VA, 2004
18" x 24" full color poster






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edited by Major Rita F. Clark and CMSgt Herman F. Martin
Offutt AFB, NE: Strategic Air Command Office of History, 1988
ISBN: none. Out of print
Paperback and PDF, 176 pages






U. S. Air Force: The New Century

by Bob Archer
Hinckley, England: Midland Publishing Limited, 2001
ISBN: 1857801024, 978-1857801026
Softcover, 176 pages






The USAF in Korea: Campaigns, Units, and Stations 1950-1953

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edited by Judy G. Endicott
Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 2001
ISBN: 0160509017, 0160509017
Softcopy and PDF, 186 pages






United States Air Force Unit Designations Since 1978

by Brian Rogers
Hinckley, England: Midland Publishing Limited, 2006
ISBN: 1857801970, 978-1857801972
Softcover, 260 pages






The United States Air National Guard

by Rene J Francillon
London, England: Aerospace Publishing Ltd, 1993
ISBN: 1874023271, 978-1874023272
Hardcover, 224 pages






United States Army Air Service Wing Badges - Uniforms & Insignia 1913-1918

By Maj Terry R. Morris, USA (Ret)
Export, PA: Scott Duff Publications, 1996
ISBN: 1888722061, 978-1888722062
Hardcover, 128 pages






The United States Military Aviation Directory

edited by Tom Kaminski and Mel Williams
Westport, CT: AIRtime Publishing, 2000
ISBN: 1880588293, 978-1880588291
Hardcover, 256 pages






U.S. Air Force Air Power Directory

edited by David Donald
Westport, CT: AIRtime Publishing, 2000
London, England: Aerospace Publishing Ltd, 1995
ISBN: 1880588161
Hardcover and softcopy, 232 pages






FREE DOWNLOAD

Edited by Judy G. Endicott
Washington, DC: Air Force History and Museums Program, 1998
ISBN: 0912799536, 978-0912799537
PDF, 297 pages






USAF F-15 Eagles: Units, Colors and Markings

By Don Logan
Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 2000
ISBN: 0764310607, 978-0764310607
Hardcover, 304 pages






USAF Fighter Squadrons Before 1958

By Alec Fushi
Chicago, IL: Alec Fushi, 2004
ISBN: None
Loose-leaf, 135 pages






USAF Fighter-Interceptor Squadrons

By Alec Fushi
Chicago, IL: Alec Fushi, 2004
ISBN: None
Loose-leaf, 260 pages






USAF Tactical Fighter Wings & Squadrons

By Alec Fushi
Chicago, IL: Alec Fushi, 2004
ISBN: None
Loose-leaf, 754 pages






Walt Disney Treasures - On the Front Lines

Walt Disney Video, 2004
ASIN : B0000BWVAH
DVD






World War II US Made, Fully Machine-Embroidered, Cut Edge, Shoulder Sleeve Insignia and How They Were Manufactured: A Collector's Guide

By Hans De Bree
Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 2013
ISBN: 0764343556, 978-0764343551
Hardcover, 320 pages






Yankee Air Pirates: U.S. Air Force Uniforms and Memorabilia of the Vietnam War

Vol.1: Command & Control, Tactical Control, Forward Air Control, Rescue, Electronic Warfare, Air Police/Security Police
By Olivier Bizet and François Millard
Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 2013
ISBN: 0764343378, 978-0764343377
Hardcover, 328 pages


Vol.2: Bases, Aerial Ports, Medical, Tactical Airlift, Air Commando, Special Operations, Strategic Air Command, Prisoners of War
By Olivier Bizet and François Millard
Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing, 2015
ISBN: 076434918X, 978-0764349188
Hardcover, 352 pages






Code One

Publisher: Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Fort Worth, Texas
Publication Date: April 2000 and 2006
Full color poster
Download (2000 Version), Download (2006 Version)

Posters produced by Lockheed Martin, the manufacturer the F-16 Fighting Falcon, showing patches from F-16 units at the time of publication. The poster also appeared in Code One Magazine,  Lockheed Martin published the original in Code One Volume 15, Number 2 (April 2000) and subsequently published an update in 2006 that was produced in a full color poster.