August 17-18, 2013- Wings Over Camarillo
Aircraft Nose Art


Nose art on aircraft has been around almost as long as airplanes have. The first recorded nose art was a sea monster painted on an Italian flying boat in 1913. Aircraft squadrons and groups also had insignia, mascots and symbols to separate them from other squadrons and groups. There was a short-lived resurgence of nose art in the mid-1980s in Europe, but the days of the bold colorful nose art like on WWII bombers is gone today.

C-47 nose art

LAPD air ops nose art

War Dog nose art

F8F Bearcat nose art

AN-2 Colt nose art

Nanchang CJ nose art

P-38 Lightning nose art

P-40 Warhawk nose art

P-51 Mustang nose art

SNJ tail flash art

P-63 King Cobra nose art

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