EAA Air Venture Museum
The nose art artist of Forever Amber found inspiration in two sources: a Varga Girl and a wildly popular novel of the '40s. Published by Kathleen Winsor, the novel Forever Amber tells the story of a beautiful girl named Amber Sr. Clair and her amorous adventures in 17th century England. Outselling every other American novel of the '40s, the book was banned in some cities for its raciness.
Forever Amber's artist uniquely combined the influence of the pin-up and the novel. Although borrowing a Varga Girl pose, the artist depicts the figure as a 17th century woman. Dressing her in white frilled undergarments and giving her curly hair, the artist positions her on on invisible perch. The artist also devoted attention to the aircraft's name, adding intricate letters that matched the style of the pin-up's attire.
China-Burna-India Theatre14th Air Force308th Bomb Group374th Bomb SquadronPilot: Leonard PodgettCo-Pilot: John StarchNavigator: Jack DolanCrew: Harold Davis, Richard Gadfield, Benjamin Parry, Raymond Thurber, George Linardos, Harry Begel, George Morris, Vincent Piccoli, William Barham, Andrew Forbes
More than 30 pieces of nose art from actual World War II combat aircraft made their first-ever trip outside their home museum, with the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh chosen as the first public display location for this rare collection.Commemorative Air Force Headquarters
The collection from the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) headquarters in Dallas, Texas, made its debut in November 2015 after a month of preparation in the EAA museum’s Eagle Hangar, which honors the people and aircraft of World War II. The artifacts have been designated by the National Trust for Historical Preservation as an official project of Save America’s Treasures, which seeks to preserve historic structures, art, and published works throughout the nation. It will be on display at EAA throughout 2017.
Click here for more information about the collection and to view all nose art photographed.
Click here for more information about the collection
and to view all nose art photographed.