Nose art originally began with Italian and German pilots during WWI.  The first recorded nose art was seen on an Italian seaplane in 1913.

During WWII the United States military pushed nose art to a new level as it became a tradition to paint the aircraft with unique, unsanctioned art projects.  While the command did not officially allow nose art, it was still embraced and allowed to continue throughout the war.  Below are a few of our favorite nose art pieces.

Boeing B-29 “Bockscar” nose art, which was added after the Nagasaki atomic bombing mission. (U.S. Air Force photo)