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Nose Art

 

 

 

Welcome to Nose Art

Ever since men went to war in aeroplanes, they have felt the need to decorate their mounts with unofficial and personal markings. Often frowned upon by authorities, these colourful decorations have in turn been inspiring, emotive, aggressive, humorous, cynical or even tasteful.

My homepage is dedicated to all the bombers air crews, fighter pilots and their artists whose humor and imagination decorated World War II combat aircrafts, and to those who strive to preserve the great memories of flight in that era.

I produced the paintings below on parts of World War II B-17 Flying Fortress fuselage wrecks I found on crash sites in Switzerland during the 90s. Some of these paintings are reproduction of existing Nose Art and the others are my creation. Some of them are for sale. Asked price is mentionned in CHF (swiss franc) and is not negociable.

The quality of these pictures is far lower than the original Nose Art paintings and colours may differ from the original.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PinUp Section 

B17 Flying Fortress Pinup NoseArt    B17 Flying Fortress NoseArt Memphis Belle    B17 Flying Fortress Pinup NoseArt    B17 Flying Fortress Pinup NoseArt    B17 Flying Fortress Pinup NoseArt

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Of all the images seen as aircraft Nose Art, women have been the most popular subject. Scantily clad sirens, often based on the work of magazine artists such as Varga, Petty or Elvgren, or popular film stars and wartime heroines, have all inspired some of the finest pieces of artwork.

 

Cartoons and Animals Section

B17 Flying Fortress NoseArt Betty Boom    P40 Warhawk NoseArt Flying Tigers    B24 Liberator NoseArt Fifinella

B17 Flying Fortress NoseArt Tini    P47 Thunderbolt NoseArt Who's Next    B17 Flying Fortress NoseArt Adrien

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The cinema, strip cartoons and, more recently, television have provided a wealth of characters, in particular animals and voluptuous women, that have inspired some of the most outstanding and popular forms of Nose Art. The Disney Studio for example contributed to the war effort with the creation of some 1200 insigna.

 

 

 Graffiti and Insignia Section

B17 Flying Fortress Champagne Girl NoseArt    B17 Flying Fortress USAF insignia

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The earliest and most common form of Nose Art was graffiti which often depicted the quality of the aircraft, the names of loved ones, popular songs, cartoon heroes or a home town, or hinted at something much more risky.

 

 

In Progress Section

B17 Flying Fortress NoseArt    B17 Flying Fortress In The Mood NoseArt Glenn Miller    B17 Flying Fortress NoseArt    B17 Flying Fortress NoseArt

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These paintings are not yet finished (as others not photographied !) ... 3 women without age have to come out of my brain and Glenn Miller will also be painted on "In The Mood".

 

 

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Homepage Creation: August 06, 2004                      February 22, 2009