Nose art in World War II

For those who didn’t know, Nose art is a decorative painting or design on the fuselage of an aircraft, usually chalked up on the front fuselage, and is a form of aircraft graffiti. Believe it or not, this kind of art existed during World War II.

At the beginning of the war, crews of the United States Army Air Force pasted pages from Esquire Magazine, Men Only and Look magazine on the nose section, fuselage and tail sections of the B-17 bombers known as Flying Fortresses. Take a look and admit that you also thought the soldiers would be a hell of an artists if they lived today.

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Nose detail of Boeing B-17E "Nememis of Aeroembolism" at Wright Field, Ohio. (U.S. Air Force photo)


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