Nose art is a decorative painting or design on the fuselage of a military aircraft, usually chalked up on the front fuselage, and can be described as a form of aircraft graffiti.
The nose art movement began for the practical reasons of identifying friendly units, the practice however evolved to express the individuality often constrained by the uniformity of the military, to evoke memories of home and peacetime life, and as a kind of psychological protection against the stresses of war and the probability of death. Art can bring happiness in the most awful of times, even during the atrocities of war.
As with all forms of graffiti the appeal initially came from nose art not being officially approved, even though the regulations against it were rarely enforced. Rebellion in the Air force!
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