Nose art on C-60 Lodestar "Classy Chassy"
Nose art on C-60 Lodestar "Classy Chassy" (staff photo)

Today the fascination with military aviation nose art continues, with a number of artists and studios creating reproductions or take-offs on some of the favorite classics of WWII.

The popularity of the art form has even led to creation of "nose art galleries" and "nose art studios" which specialize in the creation and sale of various type of art works.

Prints, posters, metal signs, decals, patches, bomber jackets and scale models are available from many sources.

In addition, artists continue to express the nose art tradition by paintings on the large fleet of restored WWII warbirds such as those maintained by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF).

Airplane Nose Art Photographs of Restored WWII Warbirds from Our Archives

Nose art on "Goodtime Gal", a Lockheed C-60A Lodestar owned by the Houston Wing of the CAF
Nose art on "Goodtime Gal", a Lockheed C-60A Lodestar owned by the Houston Wing of the CAF
Airplane nose art on C-47 Skytrain "7th Heaven" S/N 43-15977 seen in Atwater, California
Nose art on C-47 Skytrain "7th Heaven" S/N 43-15977

 

 

Bomber nose art on B-25J-5-NC "Yellow Rose", S/N 43-27868, operated by the Yellow Rose Squadron of the
Commemorative Air Force (CAF), San Marcos, TX

Nose art on the B-29A Superfortress "Raz'n Hell" in Atwater, California

Nose art on B-29A "Raz'n Hell" in California
Nose art on Lockheed C-60A Lodestar, 42-55918, "Classy Chassy",
on display at the Museum of Aviation in Georgia
Nose art on Lockheed C-60A Lodestar, 42-55918, "Classy Chassy", Warner-Robins, Georgia
Nose art on the B-29 Superfortress "Lucky Lady", S/N 44-84076, on display at the Strategic Air Command & Space Museum in Ashland, Nebraska
Nose art on the B-29 Superfortress "Lucky Lady", S/N 44-84076

 

 

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby" on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby" nose art
Nose art on B-24 Liberator "Strawberry Bitch" at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
Nose art on B-24 Liberator "Strawberry Bitch"

 

B-25 "Lazy Daisy Mae"

A group of dedicated enthusiasts in the Atwater-Merced area formed the Castle Air Museum Foundation, Inc. near Merced, California.

The museum opened in 1981, on a site adjacent to the former Castle Air Force Base. At the Museum you can actually get up close to the planes, and touch them! To make the experience even more personal, they even schedule “Open Cockpit” days during the Memorial Day weekend; other special events are scheduled during the year.

The outdoor plane galleries cover 11 acres, and indoor exhibits features photographs, uniforms, and other war memorabilia.

Nose art on the B-25J Mitchell "Lazy Daisy Mae" S/N 44-86891 at the Castele Air Museum
Nose art on the B-25J Mitchell "Lazy Daisy Mae" S/N 44-86891 in Atwater, California

 

Airplane nose art on the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Texas Raiders"
of the Gulf Coast Wing of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF)
Nose art on the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Texas Raiders" of the Gulf Coast Wing of the CAF

 

Nose art on B-29 Superfortress "Peachy" at Pueblo Weisbrod in Colorado
Nose art on B-29 Superfortress "Peachy"  in Colorado

B-29 "Peachy"

The Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum is located six miles east of Pueblo, Colorado on U.S. Highway 50 at Pueblo Memorial Airport.

The airport is located on the site of historic World War II Pueblo Army Air Base constructed in 1941. The base conducted advanced training for crews of the B-17 Flying Fortress, the B-24 Liberator and the B-29 Superfortress.

Today the collection includes about 30 vintage aircraft, displayed outside and in two large indoor hangars.

 

Nose art on Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "Miss Liberty" S/N 231340 at the Barksdale AFB airpark
Nose art on Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "Miss Liberty" S/N 231340 at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana

 

 

PV-2 Harpoon "Rose's Raiders" at the Tillamook Air Museum in California
Nose art on PV-2 Harpoon "Rose's Raiders" at the Tillamook Air Museum in California
Nose art on B-25J Mitchell, S/N 44-86872, "The Little King"
B-25J Mitchell, S/N 44-86872, "The Little King"

 

Nose art on B-29 Superfortress "Bockscar" S/N 44-27297 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio
B-29 "Bockscar" in Dayton, Ohio

 

B-29 Superfortress "Enola Gay" S/N 44-86292 nose art ... at the Udvar-Hazy Center in Washington, D.C.
B-29 Superfortress "Enola Gay" S/N 44-86292 nose art ... at the Udvar-Hazy Center in Washington, D.C. Close-up view of B-29 "Enola Gay" nose art

 

B-29 Superfortress "Sentimental Journey" S/N 44-70016 at Pima Air in Arizona
Nose art on B-29 "Sentimental Journey" S/N 44-70016
B-29 Superfortress "FiFi" of the Commemorative Air Force, with CAF flag and nose art
B-29 "FiFi" of the Commemorative Air Force, with CAF flag and nose art

 

Nose art on the B-29 Superfortress "Command Decision" on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
Nose art on the B-29 Superfortress "Command Decision" on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

 

Photo of nose art on the B-29 Superfortress "Tinker's Heritage" S/N 427343
in the markings of the 57th Weather Recon Squadron on display at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma City
Photo of nose art on the B-29 Superfortress "Tinker's Heritage" S/N 427343
Nose art on North American PBJ-1J "Devil Dog" patrol bomber, a B-25 variant for the Marine Corps
Part of the Devil Dog Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF), located in Georgetown, TX
Nose art on North American PBJ-1J "Devil Dog" patrol bomber
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "I'll Be Around" nose art, at the 390th Memorial Museum, Tucson
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress "I'll Be Around" nose art

 

Military bomber nose art on B-17 Flying Fortress "Short Bier" on display near Salt Lake City
Military bomber nose art on B-17 "Short Bier" in Ogden, Utah
Nose art on Curtiss P-40N Warhawk "O'Riley's Daughter" at Seattle's Museum of Flight
Nose art on Curtiss P-40N Warhawk "O'Riley's Daughter"

 

 

Nose art on the B-17G Flying Fortress "Virgin's Delight" - S/N 43-38635 - near Merced, California

Nose art on the B-17G "Virgin's Delight" - S/N 43-38635 in California

Nose art on the Consolidated B-24 Liberator "Witchcraft" on the Wings of Freedom Tour in Tyler, Texas
Consolidated B-24 "Witchcraft" Liberator on the Wings of Freedom Tour in Tyler, Texas
B-29 Superfortress "Sentimental Journey" nose art - in Tucson
B-29 "Sentimental Journey" nose art in Arizona
Nose art on the B-29 Superfortress 44-61669 ... "Three Feathers" ... March Field Air Mueum in California
Nose art on the B-29 Superfortress 44-61669 ... "Three Feathers" ... March Field Air Mueum in California
Nose art on the Consolidated B-24J Liberator "Bungay Buckaroo" S/N 44-44175 flown by the 446th Bomb Group based in Bungay, England. On display at Pima Air & Space in Arizona
Nose art on the Consolidated B-24J Liberator "Bungay Buckaroo" S/N 44-44175 flown by the 446th Bomb Group based in Bungay, England
Nose art on P-51D Mustang "Audrey" in Ogden, Utah
Nose art on P-51D Mustang "Audrey" in Ogden, Utah, Hill AFB
Nose art on the B-25J "The Spirit of Al Penn" at the Pima in Tucson, Arizona
Nose art on the B-25J "The Spirit of Al Penn"
Nose art on North American F-82B Twin Mustang "Betty Jo", National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
Nose art on North American F-82B Twin Mustang "Betty Jo", National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
Nose art on the B-17G Flying Fortress, "Starduster", S/N 44-6393, at the March Field Air Museum in California
Nose art on the B-17G Flying Fortress, "Starduster", S/N 44-6393, at the March Field Air Museum in California
Noseart on C-47A Skytrain, S/N 43-48098, "War Weary", Strategic Air Command and Space Museum
Noseart on C-47A Skytrain, S/N 43-48098, "War Weary", Strategic Air Command and Space Museum

 

Other Examples of Nose Art on Restored WWII Warbirds

Nose art on P-38L Lightning "Thoughts of Midnite" owned by Comanche Fighters (Tom and Dan Friedkin) of Houston, TX.
(Photo used by permission of the photographer, David Dwight Jackson. www.WarbirdsAndAirshows.com)
Nose art on P-38L "Thoughts of Midnite" owned by Comanche Fighters (Tom and Dan Friedkin) of Houston, TX.

 

 

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Aluminum Overcast" nose art
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress "Aluminum Overcast" nose art
Nose art on B-24 Liberator "Diamond Lil" of the Commemorative Air Force
Nose art on B-24 Liberator "Diamond Lil" of the Commemorative Air Force
Nose art on B-25 Mitchell "Take-Off Time"
Nose art on B-25 Mitchell "Take-Off Time"
Nose art on B-25 Mitchell "Russian to Get Ya"
Nose art on B-25 Mitchell "Russian to Get Ya"
Nose art on B-25 Mitchell "Show Me!"
Nose art on B-25 Mitchell "Show Me!"


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