Flight Badges of the Allied Nations 1914-1918 Vol 1 & 2 and
Flight Badges of the Central Powers 1914-1918 Vol 1 & 2

CDR. Robert Pandis USNR(ret.)

I recently purchased this excellent set of reference books from Robert Pandis. If you have an interest in the earliest days of military aviation I would highly recommend getting a set of these books. They are very well researched and show many extremely rare badges. A great addition to any collector's reference library. The books are all hardcover and well worth the investment. You can get them directly from

Silver Wings Pinks & Greens (ISBN 0-88740-578-9)
Jon A. Maguire
190 Pages, Hardcover

If you're only going to buy one book on collecting WWII Army Air Force wings, this should be it. It's a wonderful collection of wings, patches, uniforms, etc that were worn by the men and women of the AAF. The text is accurate and informative and the color photography is excellent. and Barnes and usually carry this title in stock.

More Silver Wings Pinks & Greens
(ISBN 0-7643-0091-1)

Jon A. Maguire
392 Pages, Hardcover

The sister book to the above book. Another fabulous reference for the collector. This text deals with not only WWII AAF wings but wings from WWI, WASPs, Civial Air Patrol and wings from the Golden Years of flight. Again, and Barnes and usually carry this title in stock.

United States Navy Wings of Gold From 1917 - To the Present
(ISBN 0-88740-791-9)

Ron L. Willis & Thomas Carmichael
219 Pages, Hardcover

If you're into naval wings, this is your book. This book shows color photos of the many different types and variations in pilot, crew and other naval wings. It has sections devoted to each period from 1917 to today. The photos are excellent and the text very informative. A great book all around.

Aviation Badges and Insignia of the United States Army 1913-1946
J. Duncan Campbell
87 Pages, Paperback

Here it is, the bible of wing collecting. This is widely regarded as "THE" source of information on wings. The text is excellent and covers in great detail the evolution of all of the Army badges. There are no photos of the wings, just line drawings but many different patterns are represented. This book is out of print but can usually be found through the on-line book sellers in their out of print sections.

Thirty Years of U.S. Army Pilot Wings 1917 - 1947
Charles I. Fitzsimmons, PhD, ATP
118 Pages, Paperback

This book does a great job of showing the many variations of pilot wings during the history of Army aviation. It uses line drawings to display the wings but they are highly detailed and a great reference. The text is informative and well written. This book is available directly from the author. I will be checking with him to see if he wouldn't mind if I listed his phone number here. Until then you can e-mail me and I'll send it to you.

Wings of World War II
Russell J. Huff
250 Pages, Paperback

This book is a great resource if you want to learn about all the different pilot wings of WWII. It covers all the participating countries and their associated wings. The information in the book is excellent and thorough. It was privately published in the early 80s and was limited by technology and budget to black & white photos. There are countless black and white photos but some are a bit dark due to the difficulties in photographing some of the metals used in wing manufacturing and the printing process itself. It is, overall, an excellent book and worthy of buying.

A Companion To Wings of World War II
Russell J. Huff

A very rare supplement to the above book. This book includes updates from the first book and mostly line drawings of wings. It's worth adding to your collection, if you can find it. Thanks to Randy Scorby for sending in a scan of his copy.

Wings & Things of the World
Russell J. Huff & Contributors

More rare supplements published by Russ Huff. Twenty four issues were published from 1987-1993. They include stories from veterans and many well know wing collectors. They are very difficult to find but well worth buying if you find a copy. Thanks to R. & J. Quetel for sending in a scan of one of their copies.

Eagles Recalled
(ISBN 0764302442)

Warren Carroll
352 Pages, Hardcover

This book deals with wings of Canada, Britain, Australia, New Zealand and other countries of the the Commonwealth. It has sections devoted to WWI and WWII wings. There is extensive coverage of the different variations in all wings from pilot to air crew. It is an excellent resource if you are interested in wings of the Commonwealth. This book is currently available from the on-line book sellers. An excellent addition to any collection!!

Military Pilot and Aircrew Badges of the World (1870-present)
(ISBN 0912138262)

Don Chalif
224 Pages, Hardcover

This book covers air force insignia from Albania to Hungary, including Austria, Belguim, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, East Germany, Great Britain, Greece and Hungary. The authoritative text is accompanied by many, many B & W drawings and photo illustrations. This book is out of print but can sometimes be found through the on-line book sellers in their out of print sections.

United States Army Air Service Wing Badges - Uniforms and Insignia 1913-1918
(ISBN 1888722061)

Terry R. Morris, Major USA, Ret
128 Pages, Hardcover

This book is a must have for U.S. WWI Army wing collectors. It is a fabulous reference with over 70 wings displayed, as well as many collar insignia and sleeve insignia. The author does a wonderful job of explaining each item and letting the reader know what to look for in restrikes. This book is out of print but can sometimes be found through the on-line book sellers in their out of print sections.

Collectors may want to add some of the following tools to their arsenal to protect themselves against restrikes and outright fakes. They can be purchased on many sites on the web. These sites are presented to just give you an idea of what is on the market:

Loupes - great for viewing details of a badge. I would recommend at least a 10x loupe. I have both a 10x and a 30x and take them to every show. Another site contributor wrote in with this suggestion. I use an aspherical ophthalmoscopic lens made by Nikon. It's +20 diopters (about 8X) and 3" in diameter. It's much easier to use than the typical loupes (particularly for people with poor vision).

Calipers - These are great for getting quick and accurate measurements. With restrikes, 1/16th of an inch makes a huge difference. Remember that cast pieces will be slightly smaller than the original die struck pieces. Calipers can help you identify a fake quickly.

Scales - I personally don't own a scale but a fellow collector swears by his. Great if you know the weight of orignial pieces. I have the weights of some of the items on my site listed and would like to include it whenever it's available.