Everyone in San Diego County, and probably most people in Southern California, are used to see U.S. Navy helicopters flying back and forth across the skies. But every now and then, you spot one that looks just a little different. It’s not just that typical Navy gray in color, but the occasional one has a very visible and colorful painted tail.
Throughout history, military planes had what was called nose art, where pilots had their squadron logos, or pictures of pretty girls painted onto the front of their planes, along with a nick name. The most remembered and famous was the Flying Tigers, a group of American volunteer pilots who flew for China against the Japanese in the early stages of what was to become the Second World War.