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Nose Art
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During the Korean War era there existed a pack of playing cards with the photos of 52 different scantily clad ladies on the face. These ladies served as the models for much of the nose art, an excellent example being "OLD ABLE", which was named "VERSATILE LADY". (The Officers Club was decorated with large sized (3' x 4') reproductions of the ladies.) "Old Able"
"Versatile Lady"

Versatile Lady
"Versatile Lady"
Versatile Lady was the best named plane on the Line. The B-26 could do about everything well that planes were called upon to do. This photo was made either before or after Able had her beautiful paint job early in the war. How is that for stating the obvious?

"Sophisticated Sherry"
"Sophisticated Sherry"

"The First Team"
"The First Team"
Some were named without accompanying art and some had art without a name. Don Soefker had the most egalitarian name for his plane. He called it aptly "THE FIRST TEAM" and had the names of the wives and girlfriends of his air and ground crew painted on the nose. Don had a gay navigator, which accounts for the name "Butch."

An excellent example of a beautiful glass nosed plane with just a name was Ed Hobday's "SKEEZIX." Skeezix was a character from the "Gasoline Alley" comic strip of long ago, but in this case "SKEEZIX" was the affectionate name for his infant son. "Skeezix"

Al Scholz' plane, "Louise", was named after one of the June Taylor Dancers. For younger readers, June Taylor was the leader of the dance troup that performed on the Jackie Gleason Variety Show. Well ... Jackie Gleason was a fat portly (the webmaster is trying to be politically correct here) comedian - Oh well ...

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