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23rd Jun '16 12:24:24 AM Doug86
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'''Type A:''' Distinctive artwork on the nose or tail. If on the nose, expect something akin to the classic "Shark nose" made famous during WorldWarII. If on the tail, expect distinctive (or even flashy) designs intended to easily identify the plane's unit.

'''Type B:''' The "[[PublicExposure Pin-Up]] Girl". Made famous in WorldWarII, these designs often featured scantily clad women in suggestive poses. Many of these were very temporary in nature, and it was not at all rare for the pinup art to reflect the name of the aircraft (such as the famous "Film/MemphisBelle"). This went out of style after the war, due to a variety of reasons.

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'''Type A:''' Distinctive artwork on the nose or tail. If on the nose, expect something akin to the classic "Shark nose" made famous during WorldWarII.UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. If on the tail, expect distinctive (or even flashy) designs intended to easily identify the plane's unit.

'''Type B:''' The "[[PublicExposure Pin-Up]] Girl". Made famous in WorldWarII, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, these designs often featured scantily clad women in suggestive poses. Many of these were very temporary in nature, and it was not at all rare for the pinup art to reflect the name of the aircraft (such as the famous "Film/MemphisBelle"). This went out of style after the war, due to a variety of reasons.



* ''The Tuskegee Airmen'', an {{Creator/HBO}} film from TheNineties about the first black fighter pilots in the US military during WorldWarII, featured the pilots painting the tails of their fighters bright red, to ensure that the white bomber crews would know who was protecting them. (See RealLife below)

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* ''The Tuskegee Airmen'', an {{Creator/HBO}} Creator/{{HBO}} film from TheNineties about the first black fighter pilots in the US military during WorldWarII, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, featured the pilots painting the tails of their fighters bright red, to ensure that the white bomber crews would know who was protecting them. (See RealLife below)



* ''Film/ThirtySecondsOverTokyo'' has the ''Ruptured Duck'', the main character, Captain Ted W. Lawson's aircraft. Based on the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruptured_Duck_%28aircraft%29#Origins_of_the_name real aircraft]] from the [[WorldWarII Doolittle raid.]]

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* ''Film/ThirtySecondsOverTokyo'' has the ''Ruptured Duck'', the main character, Captain Ted W. Lawson's aircraft. Based on the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruptured_Duck_%28aircraft%29#Origins_of_the_name real aircraft]] from the [[WorldWarII [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Doolittle raid.]]



* The practice dates [[OlderThanTheyThink all the way back]] to the first major use of airplanes in battle: WorldWarI. Pilots painted designs on their airplanes both to personalize them and to make them easier to identify on the battlefield (as much to avoid shooting friendly planes as to avoid being shot at by friendly ground forces.)

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* The practice dates [[OlderThanTheyThink all the way back]] to the first major use of airplanes in battle: WorldWarI.UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. Pilots painted designs on their airplanes both to personalize them and to make them easier to identify on the battlefield (as much to avoid shooting friendly planes as to avoid being shot at by friendly ground forces.)



* During WorldWarII, The [[EagleSquadron American Volunteer Group]], also known as The Flying Tigers, were famous for the [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b5/Hells_Angels%2C_Flying_Tigers_1942.jpg shark-nose paint jobs]] on their Curtis P-40 Warhawks. Of course, while they are famous for using the shark-nose paint scheme, they were not the first Allied squadron to do so, having drawn inspiration from photos of British planes in Africa. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nose_art#mediaviewer/File:Bundesarchiv_Bild_101I-382-0211-011,_Flugzeug_Messerschmitt_Me_110.jpg Shark-noses actually first appeared on German Bf-110s]], which the British took initial inspiration from.

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* During WorldWarII, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, The [[EagleSquadron American Volunteer Group]], also known as The Flying Tigers, were famous for the [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b5/Hells_Angels%2C_Flying_Tigers_1942.jpg shark-nose paint jobs]] on their Curtis P-40 Warhawks. Of course, while they are famous for using the shark-nose paint scheme, they were not the first Allied squadron to do so, having drawn inspiration from photos of British planes in Africa. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nose_art#mediaviewer/File:Bundesarchiv_Bild_101I-382-0211-011,_Flugzeug_Messerschmitt_Me_110.jpg Shark-noses actually first appeared on German Bf-110s]], which the British took initial inspiration from.



** In honor of the centennial of Naval Aviation, the United States Navy has adorned various jets with WorldWarII-era [[http://www.public.navy.mil/airfor/centennial/Documents/Heritage%20Paint%20Project.pdf paint jobs]].
** During the 50th anniversary of [[WorldWarTwo D-Day]] (the invasion of Normandy), a number of NATO squadrons painted invasion stripes on their aircraft. [[http://www.f-16.net/gallery_item284506.html Here's an F-16]] from Belgium, [[http://www.mindspring.com/~salted1/images/34/34_thomastye_2.jpg and a few U.S. Navy]] A-6 Intruders painted up.

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** In honor of the centennial of Naval Aviation, the United States Navy has adorned various jets with WorldWarII-era UsefulNotes/WorldWarII-era [[http://www.public.navy.mil/airfor/centennial/Documents/Heritage%20Paint%20Project.pdf paint jobs]].
** During the 50th anniversary of [[WorldWarTwo [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII D-Day]] (the invasion of Normandy), a number of NATO squadrons painted invasion stripes on their aircraft. [[http://www.f-16.net/gallery_item284506.html Here's an F-16]] from Belgium, [[http://www.mindspring.com/~salted1/images/34/34_thomastye_2.jpg and a few U.S. Navy]] A-6 Intruders painted up.



* Averted during WorldWarII for some American planes which were never painted at all. The plane was sent out of the factory in bare aluminum alloy without paint (except for the national insignia[[note]] most planes also kept an olive drab or black panel along the top of the engine cowling to stop the pilot being dazzled by reflections[[/note]]). The reasons were that it was cheaper and quicker to skip the paint job; and the plane, being somewhat lighter without paint, was also slightly faster (and used slightly less fuel). This was continued for several decades with certain planes.

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* Averted during WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII for some American planes which were never painted at all. The plane was sent out of the factory in bare aluminum alloy without paint (except for the national insignia[[note]] most planes also kept an olive drab or black panel along the top of the engine cowling to stop the pilot being dazzled by reflections[[/note]]). The reasons were that it was cheaper and quicker to skip the paint job; and the plane, being somewhat lighter without paint, was also slightly faster (and used slightly less fuel). This was continued for several decades with certain planes.
10th Jun '16 2:44:13 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' has a healthy dose of all three, including the skull as a ShoutOut to the original [[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Macross]] on Ozma's VF-25S (and his car). The König Monster has A-10 style Type A nose art originally, then later Type B pinups of the protagonist females of the series. Type C occurs in the Variable Fighter air show special with full body paint jobs again featuring the two female protagonists.
** Besides the iconic Skull Squadron "Jolly Roger," a number of the non-transformable Destroids have Type B pinups mounted somewhere on their leg. One Tomahawk sports a bat-winged Vampirella in its left caff named "Vamp12"; while a Defender sports a topless angel on its left toe called "Angel Face"; and a Spartan with a woman in a swimsuit [[Film/DrStrangelove falling on a bomb]] in its knee.

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** ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' has a healthy dose of all three, including the skull as a ShoutOut to the original [[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Macross]] ''[[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Macross]]'' on Ozma's VF-25S (and his car). The König Monster has A-10 style Type A nose art originally, then later Type B pinups of the protagonist females of the series. Type C occurs in the Variable Fighter air show special with full body paint jobs again featuring the two female protagonists.
** Besides the iconic Skull Squadron "Jolly Roger," a number of the non-transformable Destroids have Type B pinups mounted somewhere on their leg. One Tomahawk sports a bat-winged Vampirella in its left caff calf named "Vamp12"; while "[=Vamp12=]", a Defender sports a topless angel on its left toe called "Angel Face"; Face", and a Spartan with has on its knee a woman in a swimsuit [[Film/DrStrangelove riding on a falling on a bomb]] in its knee.
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22nd Apr '16 1:11:40 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''[[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Macross]]'' (and ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'') had the "Skull Squadron" inspired by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VF-84 VF-84]] the "Jolly Rogers" colors [[http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:US_Navy_021014-N-1955P-004_F-14_Tomcat_assigned_to_VF-103_conducts_mission_over_the_Mediterranean_Sea.jpg here]] via the other wiki.

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* ''[[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Macross]]'' ''Anime/{{Macross}}'', as befitting a series featuring transforming fighter jets:
** ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross''
(and ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'') had the "Skull Squadron" inspired by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VF-84 VF-84]] the "Jolly Rogers" colors [[http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:US_Navy_021014-N-1955P-004_F-14_Tomcat_assigned_to_VF-103_conducts_mission_over_the_Mediterranean_Sea.jpg here]] via the other wiki.
21st Apr '16 8:13:17 AM Unityd3v
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* The prototype YF-23 Black Widow had secret red markings painted on it made to look like the "hourglass" on a black widow spider. These were actually red markings painted on sharp edges on some of the aircrafts hatches, supposedly as a safety measure, but in reality a way to apply this trope even though they were supposedly forbidden from doing so by the Air Force.
20th Jan '16 12:15:38 AM JRDelta
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* Nose art and anything comparable has been banned by the USAF for fear that pilots may select something non-PC, thus offending Mother Gaia, or something.
4th Jan '16 11:03:37 AM TVRulezAgain
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* ''StarWarsCloneWars'': the ARC troopers paint a Rancor on their ship.
* ''StarWarsTheCloneWars'' continues the tradition, with several clone trooper gunships sporting artwork ranging from [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/File:SpacewardHoArt_TCWVG.jpg pinups]] to [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/File:BanthaPoodoo-AoTCW.jpg animal mascots]] and [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/File:Bug_Stomper_noseart.jpg beyond]]. A few even feature [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/File:PlosBrosLogo-HH.jpg Jedi]] and [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/File:Dooku_Boot_nose_art.jpg Sith]].

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* ''StarWarsCloneWars'': ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsCloneWars'': the ARC troopers paint a Rancor on their ship.
* ''StarWarsTheCloneWars'' ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' continues the tradition, with several clone trooper gunships sporting artwork ranging from [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/File:SpacewardHoArt_TCWVG.jpg pinups]] to [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/File:BanthaPoodoo-AoTCW.jpg animal mascots]] and [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/File:Bug_Stomper_noseart.jpg beyond]]. A few even feature [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/File:PlosBrosLogo-HH.jpg Jedi]] and [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/File:Dooku_Boot_nose_art.jpg Sith]].
18th Dec '15 8:20:13 PM jamespolk
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* ''Film/OldMenAreGoingToBattle'': Capt. Titarenko is the leader of a Soviet fighter pilot squad that regularly goes into battle against the Luftwaffe. He is also a great music enthusiast and amateur musician who has organized the men of his squadron into a band. The nose of his fighter plane is decorated by a bar of sheet music.

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* ''Film/OldMenAreGoingToBattle'': ''Film/OnlyOldMenAreGoingToBattle'': Capt. Titarenko is the leader of a Soviet fighter pilot squad that regularly goes into battle against the Luftwaffe. He is also a great music enthusiast and amateur musician who has organized the men of his squadron into a band. The nose of his fighter plane is decorated by a bar of sheet music.
18th Dec '15 8:14:28 PM jamespolk
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* ''Film/OldMenAreGoingToBattle'': Capt. Titarenko is the leader of a Soviet fighter pilot squad that regularly goes into battle against the Luftwaffe. He is also a great music enthusiast and amateur musician who has organized the men of his squadron into a band. The nose of his fighter plane is decorated by a bar of sheet music.
12th Dec '15 7:37:20 PM nombretomado
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* Normally averted in the ''XWingSeries'' (the closest they come is kill markers), but when Rogue Squadron resigns for the duration of ''The Bacta War'', they repaint their X-Wings with individualized paint jobs to further distance themselves from the New Republic military. The straightest example is Gavin Darklighter, who paints his up like a krayt dragon: tan with a reptile scale pattern, and a toothy mouth similar to the page picture. Ooryl's fighter looks rather plain [[BizarreAlienBiology unless you can see in the ultraviolet spectrum]].

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* Normally averted in the ''XWingSeries'' ''Literature/XWingSeries'' (the closest they come is kill markers), but when Rogue Squadron resigns for the duration of ''The Bacta War'', they repaint their X-Wings with individualized paint jobs to further distance themselves from the New Republic military. The straightest example is Gavin Darklighter, who paints his up like a krayt dragon: tan with a reptile scale pattern, and a toothy mouth similar to the page picture. Ooryl's fighter looks rather plain [[BizarreAlienBiology unless you can see in the ultraviolet spectrum]].
7th Nov '15 10:47:52 AM Morgenthaler
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