A book about military collectibles would not be complete without period photographs showing how this stuff was worn and used "for real". We relied on a large array of sources to get relevant pictures that conveyed something more than our studio shots.
When we found Robert D. Young's website, we were struck by the quality of his photographic work. Robert served as a C-130 pilot with the 345th Tactical Airlift Squadron in 1972/73, and captured powerful images of the ultimate convulsions of a lengthy war. He flew all over Thailand and South Vietnam, which makes his photo diary all the more interesting.
In an ironic twist of fate, he was among the first US military personnel flying into Hanoi to pick up a North Vietnamese delegation. He also transported communications equipment and personnel in support of Operation Homecoming, the repatriation of American POWs (Prisoners of War) in early 1973.
We are grateful that Robert accepted to contribute a few pictures for Yankee Air Pirates. Very few people can claim to be talented artists and to have participated in a major historic event. Robert D. Young is one of those. His website is filled with great images from Vietnam and many other recent works. You can find it here: