Modern Era

After World War II, pinup-style works fell out of popularity, as their new regulations were often enforced tightly by superiors.  Bans on nose art in general stifled much of the art for a time, and during the Korean War and Vietnam War only unauthorized nose art remained.

Afterwards, nose art slowly became a more officially-recognized method of inspiring morale, and today there is a diverse array of all kinds of different self-expression that crewmembers take into battle with them.


Of particular note in our immediate era is the influence of the September 11th terrorist attacks on the subjects of nose art.  Many retaliatory themes became popular, but more so than any other theme, specific patriotic symbols became common subjects in works.  The bald eagle and the flag are two particular symbols that find themselves in many post-9/11 designs.


To view the works of the modern era, click here to view the gallery.