It's actually surprising to see these old paintings on aircraft noses:

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WW2 nose art, source

How much were (and are) these paintings generally restricted or allowed by law, civil regulation and military rules in countries like US, Russia, India, Australia (if the jurisdiction matters for a general answer)?

  • $\begingroup$ "countries and societies with relatively low permissiveness for nudity:" - for example? $\endgroup$ – Simon Mar 25 '17 at 14:15
  • $\begingroup$ @Simon: That's not the point, I'm not starting another war... I'm talking about representation in public space. $\endgroup$ – mins Mar 25 '17 at 14:18
  • $\begingroup$ :) I meant that your question is not clear. You ask about "low permissiveness" then quote the UK where no-one bats an eyelid. If you are simply asking about legal or civil restrictions, then perhaps the first sentence should be edited out since it is entirely subjective. $\endgroup$ – Simon Mar 25 '17 at 14:21
  • $\begingroup$ @Simon: I see, edited. I doubt this same picture would be allowed in a truck in the UK or in France, knowing how movie posters are fought... $\endgroup$ – mins Mar 25 '17 at 14:29

It used to be that nose art was pretty outlandish and sexually charged, and it remained largely unrestricted as this B-24 from WWII demonstrates.

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With the current gender integrated units and women serving in combat squadrons, this kind of stuff is non longer acceptable. Currently there's a rule, in at least the USAF, that nose art must be 'non-gender specific' i.e. you can't paint naked women on your airplane.

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    $\begingroup$ It wasn't allowed back in WWII either, but squadron commanders let them do it because it boosted morale during wartime. $\endgroup$ – Ron Beyer Mar 26 '17 at 13:36

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