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HISTORY OF NOSE ART

Many might be familiar with "Nose Art" found on many US Military aircrafts from WW1 & WW2, and is also the inspiration of our own Bombshell Betty's Calendar for Charity Logo . Nose art on Aircraft can be traced back to Europe in the first world war- Originally the purpose was to create visual markings to separate friendly and foe. Americans quickly followed the European trend and by WW2, Americans had created some of the most famous and recognizable markings on aircraft.

The art Americans began to create on their aircraft was frowned upon by the U.S Military initially, yet service members found creating art together gave them a sense of community. Many found this was a fun way to come together and bring a sense of normalcy to their current situation.

Nose Art ranged in content , most famously portraying pin-ups, but also had mascots, victory symbols, animals, and landscapes! Some of the inspiration for the art came from loved one back home, as many airman and other military personnel regardless of skill level participated in the making of nose art. Many planes from WW2 were nicknamed for the service members sweethearts and wives!

All across the country, aviation museums have displayed original and remakes of nose art. Here is a link to some of the best Aviation Museums in the U.S : https://knisleyexhaust.com/blog/best-aviation-museums-in-the-united-states/





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A Lockheed P-38H Lightning, named 'Honey Bunny', at the Planes of Fame Museum in Chino, California



B-17 Flying Fortress nose art Liberty Belle

B-52 Old Crow Express Nose Art



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