Regular visitors to the massively popular Royal International Air Tattoo are more than used to seeing exotic colour schemes on some of the aircraft on display each year, and this year’s event at RAF Fairford in southern England will not disappoint, with all manner of unusual decals on show.
The UK Royal Air Force was reportedly recently issued with new guidelines on the political correctness – or otherwise – of some forms of nose art, which usually require an illustration of a scantily-clad lady. But nobody seems to have told the Greek air force about this, as the service has brought one of its Lockheed Martin C-130B tactical transports to the UK sporting a tail decoration that could cause more than a few blushes in the Gloucestershire countryside this weekend.
“Expanding the legendary feats of Hercules it may be,” but the classically tasteful illustration could also prompt a few early – and uncomfortable – questions about the birds and the bees from some of the show’s younger visitors! Fig leaf, anyone?
By Craig Hoyle at RIAT 2007