Nose Art Gallery

 

f-86

Nose art on military aircraft began to be noticed prior to World War I. Art was first used as an identification feature between squadrons, or to personalize an aircraft. During World War II, nose art became a personalizing feature with homage to people places or things from “back home”.

Later, art commemorating an event could be seen more often as history was written and identified. Many squadrons wore their mascot’s picture or colors emblazoned across their nose too.

Here are thirty-three examples of nose art… from names to emblems to whimsical artwork… you can hover over the photo to tell the type aircraft, or click for an enlargement.. Enjoy!

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