The Flying Tigers Nose Art T-Shirt is high quality and silk screened with WWII nose art images. Painted by the late John Schumick, a renowned nose artist during WWII. Our Memphis Belle Nose Art T Shirt is silk-screened and reproduced from original artwork painted on leather by Mr. Schumick and presented to Sgt. David Hack (CEO of US Wings). His original artwork is still hanging in the retail store and offices at US Wings (artwork is not for sale).
The Flying Tigers are world renowned and made famous by Dick Rossi, a personal friend of Sgt. Hack.
The Flying Tigers Nose Art T-Shirt features:
- 100% Cotton
- Flying Tiger logo
- Short sleeves
- Crew neck
- Color: Black
- Fit: Normal
History of Nose Art:
Although Nose Art originated with Italian & German pilots during WW I, true nose art appeared during WW II. Paintings were done by professional civilian artists as well as highly talented amateur servicemen. Bomber crews which suffered high casualty rates during WWII developed a strong bond with their aircraft & adorned them with nose art believing that brought good luck to their planes. Many pilots and flight crew members adorned their A2 leather flight jackets and B3 leather flight jackets with duplicated copies of their aircraft nose art.
Flying Tigers Nose Art :
The Flying Tigers were a volunteer flying force from the USA, prior to Pearl Harbor. The First American Volunteer Group (AVG) of the Chinese Air Force were nicknamed the Flying Tigers. They were composed of pilots from the USN, USAAC,and USMC and ground crew and headquarters staff were also mostly recruited from the U.S. military, along with some civilians. The AVG pilots were famous for taking down nearly 300 enemy aircraft, while only loosing 14 pilots on combat missions.On July 4, 1942 the AVG was disbanded.