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Military Aircraft Nose Art: An American Tradition

Korean War:
A Loss of Innocence

As noted on the main Korean War page, nose art during the Korea War depicted the images of unclothed women in more revealing terms thant nose art from WW II.

The images on this page were sent in April 2007 by John T. Barnes. Mr. Barnes' father, MSgt John C. Barnes USA, USAAF, USAF retired, took these pictures at Ashiya Field, Japan, ~1952. MSgt Barnes served from January 1941 until December 1964.

Nose Art depicts sexy woman with slogan, "Let'er go Cath'er next time"   Nose Art depicts sexy woman hands behind head looking pensive with slogan "Beautiful Dreamer"
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Nose Depicts woman in sexy cowgirl costume with name "Texas Belle"   Nose Art depicts a Japanese Geisha with name "Oriental Beauty"
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Wikipedia includes this information on the C-119.

The Fairchild C-119 "Flying Boxcar" was a U.S. military transport aircraft developed from the World War II Fairchild C-82 Packet, designed to carry cargo, personnel, litter patients, and mechanized equipment, and to drop cargo and troops by parachute. The first C-119 made its initial flight in November 1947, and by the time production ceased in 1955, more than 1,100 C-119s had been built. Its cargo hauling ability earned it the nickname "Flying Boxcar ."

Read the full article in Wikipedia to learn more about the C-119's history and interesting facts about the plane.