Vintage Aircraft Nose Art

Author: Gary Valant
Publisher: Zenith Imprint
ISBN: 9780760312087
Release Date: 2002-01-12
Genre: History

The unique art that graced military aircraft in World War II and the Korean War. Applied by amateurs or professional artists like Vargas, the art typically featured alluring women whose charms belied the deadly cargo the crew hoped to deliver to its targets. Hundreds of examples are shown in a combination of archival photos from the wars and current photos of artwork in museum collections.

Aircraft Nose Art

Author: Jeffrey L. Ethell
Publisher: Zenith Press
ISBN: 9780760313695
Release Date: 2003-01
Genre: Art

Ethell and Simonsen combine their knowledge to reveal stories behind the greatest nose art of all time. A Motorbooks Classic.

Boneyard Nose Art

Author: Jim Dunn
Publisher: Stackpole Books
ISBN: 9780811752718
Release Date: 2013-11-01
Genre: History

Photos of retired American military aircraft, emphasizing their nose art.

Fighting Colors

Author: Gary Velasco
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
ISBN: 9781563119873
Release Date: 2004
Genre: History

This new book by Artist/author Gary Velasco is an illustrated history on the creation of military aircraft nose art. This comprehensive volume covers the technical aspects of how nose art was applied to vintage military aircraft and the uses of materials, supplies and development of nose art designs as researched through discussions with surviving nose artists. The author examines and analyzes the WW II era b/w photographs and reveals their color content along with many never-before-published photos, thereby recreating step-by-step actual flying warbird nose art restorations for the first time. Fighting Colors is a graphic tool for all enthusiasts of pinup and vintage aircraft nose art. For artists, this book will outline what the masters knew when the age of sign painting, along with a little bit of imagination and brushes, was a common trade. For veterans and their families, Fighting Colors will serve as a source of reflection and inspiration for years to come.

B 24 Nose Art Name Directory

Author: Wallace Forman
ISBN: 1580072267
Release Date: 1998-02-05
Genre: Transportation

This volume is organized two ways: by the name given to the Consolidated B-24 aircraft in all their variations from World War II era and also by the unit with which the aircraft served. Approx. 9,000 entries, includes group, squadron, serial number, and vintage photos. The photos in this book are black and white.

War Paint

Author: John M. Campbell
ISBN: 0879384514
Release Date: 1990
Genre: Political Science

Photographs reveal the themes and patterns used by American airmen to individualize their planes

Nose Art

Author: Tony Holmes
Publisher: Chartwell Books
ISBN: 0785835520
Release Date: 2017-09-01
Genre: History

Aircraft nose art has long been a military institution. First appearing in the form of a sea monster on the front of an Italian flying boat in 1913, through WWII, Vietnam, and on to today, Nose Art catalogs and presents it all. Hundreds of detailed illustrations through the decades give the full picture of the evolution and history of these mini-murals. From early shark and tiger mouths below front propellers, to historical logos and Loony Toons characters, to the modern banning of nude pinups, author Allan Burney explores this incredible subject in detail.

Aircraft Nose Art

Author: J. P. Wood
Publisher: Smithmark Pub
ISBN: 0765197383
Release Date: 1996
Genre: Airplanes, Military

Painted Ladies

Author: Randy Walker
Publisher: Schiffer Pub Limited
ISBN: 0887403921
Release Date: 1992
Genre: Antiques & Collectibles

Today's nose art has become the rule and not the exception throughout the bomber and tanker fores of Strategic Air Command, and although Tactical Air Command frowns on non-standard markings of any sort, several TAC gained Air National Guard units have artwork on their aircraft. Tradition plays a large part in modem nose art. As shown in Randy Walkers' new book cartoons and sexy ladies have returned. Names like "Memphis Belle", "Chow Hound" and "Maid in the USA", that once went to war on B-17s and B-24s are now carried by B-52s and FB-111s, as well as many other modem aircraft. This modem nose art is often applied by a professional artist, though it is sometimes painted by members of the unit, and in the process some excellent artwork has been created.

Warbird Pinup Girls

Author: Christian Kieffer
Publisher: Binary Publications
ISBN: 0986057851
Release Date: 2014-07-24

In late 2008, artist and creative director Christian Kieffer began his retro revival, when he brought WWII nose-art pinups to life. He began shooting some of his handpicked beauties with a P-51 Mustang and the sky was the limit from there. With the successful release of his 2011 Warbird Pinup Girls calendar, featuring all flight worthy WWII fighter planes and authentic classy pinup girls, they took the retro world by storm. With the help of his wife and creative partner, Gili Kieffer, they became renowned fro recreating the most authentic pinup girls. Now in their 5th year of production comes the release of this special edition book featuring many unseen works by the creative duo.

Vietnam War Army Helicopter Nose Art

Author: John Brennan
ISBN: 1625450354
Release Date: 2018-01-04
Genre: Military helicopters

Like a fifty-year-old time capsule unearthed and opened for public display, this book unlocks a treasure trove of over 250 recently recovered Vietnam War photographs from veterans. These helicopter nose art photos capture that typical and distinctive American war custom of embellishing one's assigned aircraft with personalized markings.


Author: Dennis Adler
Publisher: Motorbooks International
ISBN: 9780760351901
Release Date: 2016-09-15
Genre: Transportation

Porsche: The Classic Era offers something for all Stuttgart enthusiasts and those interested in automotive history. There are few automobiles in the world as iconic as Porsche's air-cooled sports cars. For more than 50 years Porsche's rear-engine wonders set the benchmark for production sports cars and dominated the world's race courses. From the first Gmund coupe, to the 356 to the timeless 911, this richly illustrated volume tells the full story of Germany's fabled sports cars. Automotive writer and photographer Dennis Adler begins the books with the early career of Ferdiand Porsche, detailing the influences and events that set him on the path of automotive-engineering greatness including key stints with Mercedes-Benz, Auto Union, and Volkswagen. From there he details Porsche's WWII work before moving into the postwar era and the establishment of Porsche as a unique automotive brand. Adler's engaging text is accompanied throughout by rare images from Porsche's historic archive as well as stunning contemporary photos of all the great cars including 356 Carerra, 550 Speedster, 911S, 912, 930 Turbo, 914/6 as well as key racers like the 906, 908, and 935.

Hidden Warbirds

Author: Nicholas A. Veronico
Publisher: MBI Publishing Company LLC and Zenith Press
ISBN: 9780760344095
Release Date: 2013-06-17
Genre: History

Veronico explores the romantic era of World War II warbirds and the stories of some of its most famous wrecks, including the "Swamp Ghost" (a B-17E which crashed in New Guinea in the early days of World War II and which was only recently recovered), and "Glacier Girl" (a P-38, part of "The Lost Squadron," which crashed in a large ice sheet in Greenland in 1942). Throughout, Veronico provides a history of the aircraft, as well as the unique story behind each discovery and recovery with ample illustrations.

Up and Atom

Author: Hal Olsen
Publisher: Patriot Media Publishing
ISBN: 0979164265
Release Date: 2012-06-10
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Artist Hal Olsen, the last living World War II Nose Art visual artist, known and honored internationally for his artwork, describes in his autobiography, Up An' Atom, a critical time in his life as a young man growing up in New Jersey and serving in the United States Navy during World War II. He tells about how he began painting his way into history over 70 years ago using bare buns and bust lines to lift the spirits and morale of American aviators. An enemy bombing, blowing up a fellow artist's paint supply, and having $50.00 worth of his own oil paints, launched Hal into his Nose Art painting career while on a Mariana island in the Pacific, serving as a 3rd Class Aviation Machinist Mate in the U.S. Navy. Nose Art, a form of artistic graffiti painted on the nose of airplanes, began to flourish in the time known as the Great War-World War I (1913-1918). During the World War II years, (1941-1945), Nose Art expanded in many forms to almost every flying aircraft in the American military and is still visible on many of today's military aircraft. Hal did Nose Art on an F-111 at Pease Air Force Base in New Hampshire in 1989, painting Necessary Evil on the inside of the front wheel well flap. Hal Olsen also painted other forms of fine art to include landscapes, portraits and military items such as Navy ships, and three of his most famous paintings, the Enola Gay, Bochscar and Up An' Atom, are of the three B-29 bombers involved in the atomic bomb drops on Japan in 1945. 'The final painting I made was Enola Gay because the Air Force wanted her done right.' Photographs of his aret are included in this edition. Many paintings are in permanent museum collections with some pieces being held in private collections. Included are the U.S. Navy; Museum of New Mexico, -Santa Fe; Roswell Museum, Roswell, New Mexico; and the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory Science Museum, Los Alamos New Mexico. Hal's artwork is also featured in Galerie Des Mondes (the Worlds Gallery) John F. Kennedy Airport, New York City, New York; the Fine Arts Museum of Santa Fe, New Mexico; Jonson Gallery, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico; the Commemorative Air Force American Air Power Heritage Museum, Midland, Texas; Admiral Nimitz Museum, Fredericksburg, Tennessee; the National Atomic Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Los Alamos Historical Museum, Los Alamos, New Mexico and the War in the Pacific National Historical Park, Guam His awards include the Prix de Paris, received in 1961 at the Duncan Gallery in Paris, France, and first Prize for his exhibit in the World Wide Nuclear Art Exhibition, Washington D.C. He also served on the State Art Council and the Artist Advisor Commission of the Museum of New Mexico. Hal and his wife Estelle are still happily married, living in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. In stressful situations, such as a war, man has a natural tendency to identify himself in unique ways and a graffiti art form of painting came into being, ultimately transferring to military aircraft as early as The Great War of 1914-1918, also known as World War I. This decoration, usually located near the aircraft's nose, became known as Nose Art. Thousands of young men volunteered for the armed services to avenge the deaths of over 2400 killed and 1280 wounded in the Pearl Harbor attack, and the conflict in the Pacific continued on until August, 1945, when two U.S. Air Force B-29s ended the war by dropping atomic bombs on two cities in Japan. The aircraft named Enola Gay, piloted by Colonel Paul W. Tibbets, dropped its bomb named Little Boy on Hiroshima, August 6, 1945 while Bochscar, a plane piloted by Major Charles W. Sweeney dropped the bomb Fat Man on Nagasaki, August 9, 1945. Six days later, August 15, 1945, the Japanese surrendered, ending the war. A young Navy enlisted man, Hal Olsen, had a personal connection with two aircraft making the atomic bomb runs on Japan. He painted B-29s-Enola Gay and Bochscar. This is Hal'