TIL that ‘nose art’, or the practice of painting pin-ups or cartoons on the front of war planes, died out in the early 1970s when Air Force Chief of Staff John Ryan called for a moratorium on the practice. It’s been quietly making a comeback in recent years, albeit now strictly controlled.

Read more: https://www.military.com/daily-news/2016/05/16/aircraft-nose-art-quiet-comeback-reviving-air-force-tradition.html

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  1. About 20 years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting a WW2 navy vet who was a painter. His official job was painting ships, but he also painted pinup girls on the inside of the officer’s head (restroom) doors.

    His name is Rudy and I hope he’s still with us. He’d be around 90 or more by now. Neat guy.

  2. > We train young men to drop fire on people, but their commanders won’t allow them to write “fuck” on their airplanes because it’s ***obscene***!

    -Col. Kurtz

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