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BASE729 03-30-2015 01:05 PM

Airstream / B-17 "Nose Art"
 
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As a kid growing up, I had always been fascinated by the B-17 Bomber from WWII. I probably made about a dozen models and watched every movie and documentary about them.

Later in life, I began my skydiving career, which only furthered my appreciation for aircraft. By far, my most memorable skydive to date was when I had the opportunity to actually skydive out of the bomb bay doors of an actual B-17 bomber departing from an airshow. Just taxing and flying in one was a dream come true, let alone getting to straddle the bomb bay doors as they slowly opened up below me to expose the airport. Then I was able to exit on my back and look back up at the aircraft flying off in the distance. Surreal to say the least.

That brings me to last September when I went to the RV show in Hershey, PA. I had already planned on taking a year off of work and traveling the country visiting friends, skydiving, and BASE jumping. I had already picked out (3) models of 5th wheel RV's that would be perfect for a yearlong adventure. The show was the opportunity to compare the (3). At the show, I happened by the Airstream section first and wanted to see what all the fuss was about. I probably spent an hour in the 27' EB Airstream, thoroughly inspecting it. I went on to find all the other models of 5th wheels that I deemed perfect for my needs... and after visiting all of them, I was sold on the Airstream. Perhaps its the aircraft styled aluminum riveted skin, aircraft type door, or the nostalgia of it, but I ended up putting the down payment on a 27' FB EB that day.

Now I'm about 2 weeks from leaving. Late one happy hour, with an associate who has an artist for a daughter, somehow the idea came up to put nose art on the Airstream in the same manner as the old WWII bombers. The "squirrel" nickname goes way back... more akin to a flying squirrel (yes, I jump one of those squirrel suits). I'll be turning 42, and most of the BASE jumping crowd is in their 20's, so I'm typically the 'old veteran' of the group with all the war wounds. I asked Sarah to paint an image of a bad-ass looking, old battle tested looking squirrel with some scars... attached is what she came up with.

I rarely see mods like this, so I'm not sure if this is frowned upon or not. From a re-sale perspective (if I ever sell) its fully contained on the stainless stone guard, so easily replaceable. If nothing else, I'll be able to pick out my airstream quite easily from a distance...

p.s. - I'm the one in the tye-dye shirt in the group photo and those are my feet in the photo looking down out the bomb bay doors... :)

mayco 03-30-2015 01:35 PM

Love nose art. Check out my B-17 avatar, ALUMINUM OVERCAST. Got to take a peak at this plane at a local airport in my home town. The squirrel is coooool

ckottum 03-30-2015 01:49 PM

Airstream interiors remind Doug and I of the Navy aircraft we worked on and flew in during our Navy careers, not to mention the riveted aluminum. Your design fits well with the concept and looks terrific.

cheryl

dznf0g 03-30-2015 02:00 PM

The third pic....is that Squirrel Cage floor rot?????? At 20k? :)

GCinSC2 03-30-2015 02:10 PM

Way cool. But still wondering about why leave a perfectly good flying airplane! I'd rather stay and listen to the big radials.

dznf0g 03-30-2015 02:26 PM

Still the best engines I ever heard was a Lancaster coming in for a landing at the Duxford air show in England. I was 15 and it was a pivotal moment in the development of my love for raw machinery. There was a B17 at that show as well, which I got to tour.

Range Mark 03-30-2015 03:46 PM

B-17 Nose Art
 
Rather than have one painted, do a Google search and look for WWII art. I'm Retired Air Force and I have a picture of an eagle that states "Freedom isn't Free" on one side of my TT and the American Flag on the other. You can get these in many sizes and they come either in magnetic or peel and stick. A lot cheaper with the same effect.

Enjoy your Travels :flowers:

Stefrobrts 03-30-2015 04:46 PM

Whoa, I didn't realize most of the nose art was NSFW!

terryV 03-30-2015 04:48 PM

I, too am a fan of the WWII bomber nose art. I think what you have is so cool. :cool:

CoolCat 03-30-2015 08:18 PM

EXCELLENT!!! Envious!!!!

drew05 03-30-2015 09:15 PM

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We had the following made as a matching pair about 3 years ago:

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Melody Ranch 03-30-2015 09:36 PM

so.....whats new?
 
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It sounds good to me.

batman 03-30-2015 10:36 PM

Base729,
Nice job on the "squirrel cage". Love the nose art!

Jerry Ski 03-31-2015 12:35 PM

Just Love the idea!

Remember to "Keep the Shiny Side Up" when parking!

KJRitchie 03-31-2015 12:47 PM

Better watch out or the PC Police will catch you.

Kelvin

Jaxon 03-31-2015 01:17 PM

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Originally Posted by BASE729 (Post 1600373)
I rarely see mods like this, so I'm not sure if this is frowned upon or not. From a re-sale perspective (if I ever sell) its fully contained on the stainless stone guard, so easily replaceable. If nothing else, I'll be able to pick out my airstream quite easily from a distance...

Certainly won’thave a problem finding your trailer at a rally! Besides, Airstreamers often go nuts over their trailers... :whistling

Nicely done and adds to the allure. Re-sale should not be a problem at all.
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PaintedWagon 03-31-2015 01:41 PM

Lydia, the tattooed lady.
 
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I love nose art and pin-ups and my dream was to 'tattoo" a vintage Airstream. We took Lydia and Groucho (Ford 150) out to Burning Man last year. All done by me with airbrush, and brush and stencil.

thesignlady 03-31-2015 01:44 PM

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I haven't done any nose are on my own trailers yet but I did do my buddy's vintage kin (a 1953 I think) Boles Aero. I had to replicate the Boles Aero logo based on the faded to invisible original logo that had left a slight impression in the aluminium but it turned out pretty darn good.

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Side note...if anyone else needs Boles Aero decals I can help

Foiled Again 03-31-2015 03:12 PM

Here are some older ones
 
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f469...tor-72160.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f335...6-a-34825.html


http://www.airforums.com/forums/f161...ties-6248.html

My personal favorite is SWebster's tribute to the flying tigers - done on his motorhome. 3rd link, page 2

Paula

Stefrobrts 03-31-2015 03:15 PM

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Originally Posted by PaintedWagon (Post 1600906)
I love nose art and pin-ups and my dream was to 'tattoo" a vintage Airstream. We took Lydia and Groucho (Ford 150) out to Burning Man last year. All done by me with airbrush, and brush and stencil.

I love it! Now you've got me thinking about what kind of design I could have made in vinyl to cover the place where the 'ghost numbers' are on my trailer.

AI4KK 12-31-2018 12:32 AM

Not only am I thinking noseart, but insignia and invasion stripes as well

Dick tracy 02-03-2019 12:48 PM

very fun.

D44 02-03-2019 04:25 PM

I wonder - is there someplace I could get someone to recreate the actual nose art from my dad’s B-17? It was just a name, not a “Vargas” model


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