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Vintage Aircraft Nose Art

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Here is an unprecendented collection of the unique art that graced military aircraft in World War II and the Korean War. Applied by amateurs or professional artists like Vargas and Brinkman, the art typically featured alluring women whose charms belied the deadly cargo the crew hoped to deliver to its targets. Hundreds of examples are shown in a combination of archival photos from the wars and current photos of artwork in museum collections. Fully captioned with aircraft type ...

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Overview

Here is an unprecendented collection of the unique art that graced military aircraft in World War II and the Korean War. Applied by amateurs or professional artists like Vargas and Brinkman, the art typically featured alluring women whose charms belied the deadly cargo the crew hoped to deliver to its targets. Hundreds of examples are shown in a combination of archival photos from the wars and current photos of artwork in museum collections. Fully captioned with aircraft type and unit assignment.

A unique and interesting collection of color photos depicting a variety of warbird nose art. Over 1,000 wartime photos show art work close up, with explanations of art, aircraft, and pilots.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760312087
  • Publisher: Zenith Press
  • Publication date: 1/12/2002
  • Series: Motorbooks Classic Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 204,803
  • Product dimensions: 10.37 (w) x 11.87 (h) x 0.62 (d)

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  • Posted February 22, 2012

    This is THE book if you love aircraft nose art and pinups

    More than just a collection of pretty girls, you get the history of the art and the aircraft. The best artwork from the best artists shows you why this is a classic American art form.

    Buy It!

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  • Posted July 6, 2010

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    Vintage Aircraft Nose Art

    This is a beautiful book which depicts a wide variety of nose art from the Second World War. Photos are both in color and black and white and cover fighters and bombers. Would make a great gift for a WWII aviation buff.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2000

    TREMENDOUS COLLECTION OF NOSE ART PHOTOGRAPHS

    Phenomenal book for the ages. Valant does an incredible job preserving the rich history of WWII nose art, and whenever possible, he also lists the corresponding Bomb Groups and Squadrons that accompany the photographs. THIS IS A COLLECTION OF PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE ACTUAL BOMBERS, not a lot of written material on the history of WWII pinups (get the 'GREAT AMERICAN PIN-UP' FOR THAT). This is a great collection for the collector as well as the casual fan of the subject, and it also has some pictures of the old A-2 Leather Flight Jackets with the pin-up art painted on them as well. Easily worth the money. Get it before it goes out of print.

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