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Boneyard Nose Art

29 August 2014

Boneyard Nose Art

Boneyard Nose Art: U.S. military aircraft markings and artwork, Nicholas A. Veronico, Jim Dunn, and Ron Strong, 2013, ISBN 978-0-8117-1308-5, 171 pp.

Boneyard Nose Art: U.S. military aircraft markings and artwork by Nicholas A. Veronico, Jim Dunn, and Ron Strong (front cover)

Boneyard Nose Art: U.S. military aircraft markings and artwork by Nicholas A. Veronico, Jim Dunn, and Ron Strong (front cover)

As so well mentioned in this book’s forward by John Brennan military aircraft nose art is temporal, not meant to last. If you will, nose art on military aircraft is performance art — there and gone in but a few of history’s moments — as military and, especially, combat flying takes its cold and unfeeling toll.

Art is an expression and military aircraft nose art as a collection expresses wants or desires of the crews who fly to serve — most often in exotic and uncomfortable places.

Boneyard Nose Art is much more than documentary, it is sincere recollection which shares with readers insights into the flight crews of a broad aircraft spectrum. Fighters, bomber and patrol aircraft, tankers and transports as well as helicopters and special use aircraft are addressed in hundreds of high-quality color photos. Some images aren’t recommended for young children and some nose art are multiple element murals — some are sarcastic and some are crudely done. The gamut of human experience and emotion are described in the art of the aircraft slowly and surely returning to nature.

Thanks to Veronico, Dunn and Strong for saving this performance art for us in this excellent book.

Boneyard Nose Art: U.S. military aircraft markings and artwork by Nicholas A. Veronico, Jim Dunn, and Ron Strong (back cover)

Boneyard Nose Art: U.S. military aircraft markings and artwork by Nicholas A. Veronico, Jim Dunn, and Ron Strong (back cover)

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. shortfinals permalink
    30 August 2014 00:18

    Thank you for reminding us of the importance of ‘nose/tail’ art, Joe. I am a great afficiando of this artform (although the Royal Air Force USED to more restrained than it is at the moment!). Cheers! Ross

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      30 August 2014 19:11

      I too am interested in nose art since it personalizes things so. Nick Veronico, who is a prolific author, did us all well by making this book happen 🙂

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