070293 - VIETNAM WAR ARMY HELICOPTER NOSE ART
By John Brennan
Vietnam War Army Helicopter Nose Art unlocks a treasure trove of recently recovered Vietnam War photographs from Army veterans. Held from public view until now, these colourful helicopter nose art images capture that unmistakable American war custom of embellishing one’s assigned aircraft with personalised markings.
Each photo is accompanied by a caption containing data of the helicopter name, unit, serial number, photo date and location, crew names, artist name, photo contributor and anecdotal information. Against a backdrop of censorship, political correctness and military directives to the contrary, helicopter nose art flourished in Vietnam. Any study of Army aviation history is diminished if it fails to include the contributions and merits of helicopter nose art as exhibited in Vietnam.
Although Iron Butterfly may not be as well-known as Memphis Belle or Enola Gay from the Second World War, it nonetheless carried its crews into battle with as much passion for life and a sense of duty as their father’s generation..
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306 colour photos.