Vietnam War Decorated Helicopters: 10+ Nose Art Images That Made The War A Kind Of Art

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For two decades, from 1955 to 1975, humans brought destruction and death in the so called Vietnam War (also known as the Second Indochina War). We don’t really want to be in the soldiers’ position and thoughts at the time, but we can imagine the stress and brutality they experienced. For strategic reasons, soldiers started to paint their helicopters, initially to properly identify friendly units. But it then evolved and left us something sweeter – at least apparently: the so called “Nose Art” inspired by the pop culture.

Through their paintings, soldiers evoked good thoughts or memories from their childhood, home life and peace time. Hopefully the nose art helped them to cope with the stress, to overcome the fear of death and the trauma caused by the war actions. We don’t really know whether they had a positive psychological effect. We can just have a look at 10+ artworks and let you judge by yourself.

1. Snoopy (shooting a machine gun)

snoopy vietnam war decorated helicopters

 

2. Ghost Rider

ghost rider vietnam war decorated helicopters

 

3. The Green Hornet (the masked crime-fighter arrives in Vietnam)

green hornet vietnam war decorated helicopters

 

4. Tiger head

tiger head vietnam war decorated helicopters

 

 

5. Bull head

bull head vietnam war decorated helicopters

 

6. An armed helicopter…on a real copter

armend helicopter vietnam war decorated helicopters

 

7. Road Runner (who hasn’t see the cartoon yet)

road runner vietnam war decorated helicopters

 

8. USA flag (…and a love for freedom)

usa flag vietnam war decorated helicopters

 

 

9. A praise for peace making

 

10. Shark mouth

shark mouth vietnam war decorated helicopters

 

11. The Incredible Hulk (who wouldn’t need any helicopter -Ed.)

incredible hulk vietnam war decorated helicopters

 

12. ‘Tasty’ lollipopstasty lollipops vietnam war decorated helicopters

 

13. Red Cross

red cross vietnam war decorated helicopters

War is one of the worst activities humans can do – and always will be – while art is one of the most pleasant things humans have ever conceived and created. Is it enough to make a terrible was better – at least in soldiers’ mind?

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