For The Boys: Aircraft Nose Art

May 10, 2012
Aircrews in World War II decorated their planes with pictures of pinups and pretty girls, typically modeled after the "cheesecake" art of Gil Elvgren, Alberto Vargas and George Petty as a way to help the boys get through the war. It was an interesting practice with a deep, psychological impulse - attaching a talisman or a good-luck charm to the aircraft as a way of warding off evil, death, and bullets. We've compiled a series of aircraft nose art depicting classic pin-up girls.