Skip to comments.Nose Art: Naked Women Driven From Afghanistan
Posted on 07/01/2007 10:24:05 AM PDT by llevrok
When the British Ministry of Defense found out that Harrier pilots and ground crews in Afghanistan had painted racy images ("nose art") on their aircraft, they ordered the troops to cease and desist. In addition to the possibility of women in the Royal Air Force complaining (none have, so far), there was the risk that some Afghans would be offended. No Afghans have complained yet, and Afghan men who had seen the nose art, usually studied it intently.
The concept of nose are was invented by American pilots and ground crews during World War II, and quickly adopted by their British counterparts. From World War II, through the 1950s, U.S. combat aircraft often had customized, and unofficial, cartoons or insignia painted on the front portion of their aircraft. The illustrations were usually created by someone on the ground crew, and personalized the aircraft for the crew. It boosted morale. But in the mid-1950s, air force commanders decreed that the nose art was "unprofessional," and by the 1970s most of it was gone. It managed to survive in some reserve units, but was forbidden for active duty aircraft. The air force says the official reasons for the policy has to do with security and "sanitation." Basically, it's become part of the air force traditions not to have nose art.
Last year, two retired air force sergeants, and some commercial artists, began campaigning to bring back nose art. Some senior air force commanders are favorably disposed towards nose art, and the air force is keen to boost morale, now that the air force is going through a period of personnel retrenchment (cutting 40,000 people) and tight budgets. Allowing nose art would not cost anything, as it would be voluntary, and up to units to find artists and materials for creating it. But like bureaucracies everywhere, changing something like this can be difficult. In fact, it appears to be an impossible task.
I think we need to see the "racy images" for ourselves before we can comment.
One of the most thought-provoking thread titles I've seen in a while. Sounds like the name of special display at a New York City art museum.
They’d be much better off driving Islamists from Britain...
now we’re talking...
It seems the Afghans enjoyed the nose art and it may have been improving the relationship between the cultures. :-)
They need funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.
...and Afghan men who had seen the nose art, usually studied it intently.
“The air force says the official reasons for the policy has to do with security and “sanitation.”
I think it has more to do with the military uniform code.
IMHO, nose art just “fits” a Harrier or Warthog.
Here’s a good one:
Why refrain? Offending muslims is good policy.
How stupid is this. You can bomb and strafe, but God forbid you have a half naked woman painted on the nose of your aircraft.
I have books on nose art, and some of it is really good, some funny, and some sad. It is a forum for pilots and aircrew to express themselves. Maybe the ACLU can fight for the right...Sorry..got carried away.
Maybe a babe in a burka would be inspirational?
“..there was the risk that some Afghans would be offended.”
We chould have checked with Tojo and Hilter in WW2 to make sure they weren’t “offended” by nose art.
But the Brit Brass is acting true to form.
In an otherwise colorless war, French, Americans and even more, Germans, dressed up their fighter planes in WW1 with decorations. The staid Brits directed their fighter pilots not to.
They should grow up. It contributes to Esprit d’corps.
As for the Muslims - let go perform an anatomical impossibility.
odd placement of the painting over the cowl opening screw (-;
“Lucy Pin-Ups Banned by RAF (Offensive to Muslims and Feminists)”
That should be DE-briefing Time...
Nice indeed. Vargas?
Did you mean the NENA - the National Endowment for the Nose Arts?
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Can't find a photo of the one featuring Lucy Pinder but from what I've read it is as tame as Michelle's.
Thanks for the ping.
Another example of British dhimmis in action.
LOL -- ya think?