Art on military planes dates to World War I, when paintings were company or unit insignia. However, rules were put in place after the end of the war to stop that practice.
As the US entered World War II, nose art rules and regulations were relaxed, or totally ignored. WWII would become the golden age of airplane nose artistry.
Artwork was typically painted on the nose of the plane, and the term “nose art” was coined. Below is a collection of fascinating photos that shows airplane art during World War II.
Photos: The San Diego Air and Space Museum