Mark Wagner – Aviation Images©
Someone once said that behind every great man is a great woman and as a morale booster for RAF fighter pilots (assuming they are men) these women come painted on the noses of warplanes wearing killer heels and, increasingly, not much else.
The Daily Mail reported on Wednesday (6th June) how the “risque images” of these cartoon women with their “deadly charm”, that have decorated warplanes since the First World War are to be scrubbed out.A famous example is the Memphis Belle, a US Army Air Force B-17 bomber that inspired a 1990 Hollywood movie.
There was also concern that they could cause offence while fighting in the Middle East, particularly in Afghanistan, a Muslim country where, until 2001 and under the Taliban, all women were forced to wear the head-to-toe burkha in public.
The images have changed over the years and have been getting racier as the ladies appear in a variety of provocative positions and a range of saucy attire that have been the reserve of the topshelf of your local newsagent.
What do you think of the images?
Should they be scrapped or is it another case of the government treading on eggshells to be politically correct?
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