Almost from the beginning of flight, pilots and aircrews have personalized their aircraft by adorning them with nicknames, symbols or artwork. During World War II, the widespread practice of adding "pin-up girls," cartoons and other popular culture images to an aircraft's nose led to the term "nose art." Except for the wars in Korea and Southeast Asia, the practice tapered off, but in the 1980s, the use of nose art once again became common. Often respectfully copying World War II nose art, other Airmen chose nose art that reflected the popular cartoons of their time. The world saw this next generation of nose art during OPERATION DESERT STORM in 1991.
In the late 1980s, the U.S. Air Force began retiring its Boeing B-52G Stratofortresses to the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center (AMARC) aircraft storage area at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. DESERT STORM delayed the retirement, but the last B-52G went to AMARC in 1994. As part of strategic arms limitation agreements, these aircraft were eventually destroyed, but the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force saved some of the nose art applied during DESERT STORM.
Ace in the Hole - B-52G (57-6498), 416th Bomb Wing
Brute Force - B-52G (58-0243), 93rd Bomb Wing
Damage Inc. - B-52G (58-0254), 93rd Bomb Wing
Express Delivery - B-52G (57-6489), 320th and 43rd Bomb Wings
Grim Reaper II - B-52G (59-2582), 2nd Bomb Wing [Flying a 14,000-mile, 35-hour round-trip mission from Barksdale AFB, La., to Saudi Arabia, this aircraft launched AGM-86C Conventional Air-Launched Cruise Missiles (CALCM) during the initial attacks of OPERATION DESERT STORM.]
Lets Make a Deal - B-52G (58-0173), 379th Bomb Wing
Memphis Belle III - B-52G (59-2594), 97th Bomb Wing
Ragin' Cajun - B-52G (57-6483), 93rd and later 2nd Bomb Wing
Screamin' Eagle - B-52G (58-0250), 42nd Bomb Wing
Snake Eyes - B-52G (57-6504), 93rd Bomb Wing
Specter - B-52G (58-0199) 93rd Bomb Wing
Urban Renewal - B-52G (58-0249), 379th Bomb Wing
What's Up Doc? - B-52G (58-0182), 379th Bomb Wing
Yankee Doodle II - B-52G (59-2602), 2nd Bomb Wing
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