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Aviation Art - Personal Aircraft Decoration

3 December 2012 - 19 June 2013

Our latest temporary exhibition showcases some original examples of the detailed and unique artwork that aircrew created to personalise their aircraft.

Often located on the aircraft’s nose area and referred to as “nose art”, but also to be found on aircraft tails and across fuselages, the artworks are painted on fabric or aluminium. 'Donald' is believed to have been featured on a Mosquito Bomber and the little skunk was included on a Halifax Bomber. Nose art was included on aircraft all over the world and ranged from cartoon characters to stylised portraits of wives or girlfriends of the aircrew.

Alongside the original artwork are photographs showing how the illustrations looked on the numerous aircraft. Also on display are the winning entries from Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire’s 2010 competition, which invited children and young adults to design their own artworks or pay tribute to the designers of yesteryear by recreating a World War Two classic.

The RAF Museum are also delighted to be able to show a specially edited version of the film “Nose Art and Pin Ups” created by Gail Downey of Whirlwind Productions, featuring the artworks of the 8th Air Force, USAAF during World War Two.  A full version of the film is also available on DVD from the Museum Shop or via Mail Order priced at £12.99. 

This exhibition has proved popular and the display dates have now been extended until 19th June 2013. Admission is free of charge.

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