Thursday, July 14, 2011

Nose Art

Oh my goodness...
never before had I any idea how captivating Nose Art could be!
Well...to be honest, I had no idea the designs on planes actually had a name...much less that it is known as Nose Art. It makes perfect sense, since the nose of many military planes in WWII were 'decorated'. Some of it was good art, often it was naughty, it certainly expressed individuality (wait a sec...individuality in the military? Things that make you go "hmmmm") Nose Art is often considered sophisticated graffiti...graffiti + military = more confusion for AirmanMom!

I've found a couple of interesting websites, so I figured I'd share them:



noseart.net

century-of-flight.net

parentseyes.arizona.edu


GULF OF ADEN (July 6, 2011) Airmen remove chocks and tie-down chains from a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter assigned to the Evil Eyes of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron (HMM) 163 during flight operations aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20). Green Bay and the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (13th MEU) are underway supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Stephen M. Votaw/Released)

10 comments:

Coffeypot said...

I have always loved the imagination these air-dales put into their aircraft.

Coffeypot said...

Here's something for you and your Air Force Types:
http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=wbV3lf1HzQI&vq=medium#t=18

I love it.

Sarge Charlie said...

very cool link, there may be a post for me there someday.

Bag Blog said...

I would love to paint some nose art.

AirmanMom said...

coffeypot...thanks for passing along the link...for us AF types :)
~AM

AirmanMom said...

sarge...I look forward to that day!
~AM

AirmanMom said...

bag blog..no doubt you would do an exceptional job!

Caroline said...

My son was painting his pack camo the other day at work. He said all the "recon" boys had an art class.
Caroline

gunslingerdb said...

This is my squadron, I crewed these birds during this deployment. These "Evil Eyes" have been our calling card since Vietnam. We paint the eyes on every one of our birds. The CO's bird gets black eyes with red pupils, very cool to see.

We also put "pin-up" style artwork on the armor panels, called "Armor Art. It helps to instill a sense of pride and ownership.

AirmanMom said...

gunslingerdb...first of all, allow me to thank you for your service. Fascinating tidbits of information!!! I'll do a bit of poking around to learn more about Armor Art. Thanks for stopping by!!!