World War II

World War II saw more aircraft manufactured than ever before, and as a result, more nose art being produced than ever before.  Because of this, it is called by many the “Golden Age” of nose art.

Two of the most popular new influences on World War II era nose art were cartoons and pinup models.  The works of Walt Disney and other new animation leaders gave way to many aircraft being adorned with cartoon characters, or caricatures or characters mimicking the style of the cartoons of the day.

The greater of the two was the pinup model, which had grown greatly as an industry between wars.  Pinup nose art was extremely popular, yet the farther from the public eye the aircraft was, the more likely it was to be adorned with completely nude figures.  This would have ramifications after the war when the public and the military had breathing room to consider the popularity of such works.


To see the nose art of the World War II era, click here to view the gallery.