Mission Ready


Title: Mission Ready
Photography: Patrick van Dam
Publishing date: 2022
Language: English

Design: Patrick van Dam, Sybren Kuiper – SYB

Edition: 1,000 copies in a one-time edition
Size: 230 mm x 300 mm
Pages: 232
Cover: Clothbound with slipcase
ISBN: 978-94-64373-88-2

Price: € 75,00
Shipping cost: € 7,50 (Netherlands)



Mission Ready is a visual narrative about a world that’s not accessible to most of us. Until now. Documentary photographer and creative director Patrick van Dam gives us a realistic and uncensored insight into the “Best Fighter Squadron of the U.S. Air Force”.

Through compelling images, he offers an insider perspective of the legendary 493rd Fighter Squadron’s daily operations.

From 2016 to 2021, Van Dam was granted access to several restricted military airbases and experienced first-hand what it takes to be a fighter pilot during a training mission in an F-15 Eagle. His contemporary photography is never shy of demystifying a sometimes romanticized world, yet always with an aesthetic point of view.

The photographs are complemented by stories from prominent “Grim Reapers” like Gulf War veteran Col. (Ret.) Cesar “Rico” Rodriguez. The result is a gripping book about an organization with unspoken rules and principles that takes pride in its honor and bravery.