EAA AirVenture Museum
Painting ChallengesAt the request of a commanding officer, Vernon Drake painted Mission Completed from a picture card of Elvgren's French Dressing. Smaller than postcards, picture cards were often called mutoscope cards or art cards. These wallet-sized pin-ups were often purchased and collected like baseball cards.Drake chose to customize the pin-up for the bomber. Here, she is a blonde rather than a brunette and wears a black undergarment. Rather than accept payment for the painting, Drake got his pick of aircraft on which to fly home after V-J Day.
Vernon Drake encountered many challenges when painting nose art. The intense Indian sun vaporized thinners and quickly dried paints, forcing Drake to work quickly and precisely. The available paints often reacted badly when mixed, causing the paint to peel. One aircraft Drake painted was called into duty before the nose art could dry. The bomber returned safely, although Drake had to repaint the nose.
B-24Mor B-24JChina-Burma-India Theatre18th Air Force7th Bomb Group483rd Bomb Squadronor 436th Bomb SquadronPilot: Phillip WatsonCo-pilot: Charles WeemsNavigator: VinetteCrew: Adamsen, Drobek, Fountain, Hance
Collectors Weekly: Mutoscope Cards
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.