HomeNewsArticle Display

First JB Charleston C-17s receive nose art, embrace heritage

Members of the 315th Airlift Wing reveal the nose art on a C-17 Globemaster III during rehearsal of the Air and Space Expo, April 27, 2018.

Members of the 315th Airlift Wing reveal the nose art on a C-17 Globemaster III during rehearsal of the Air and Space Expo, April 27, 2018. This was possible thanks to members of the 437th and 315th Operations Groups and 437th Maintenance Group who worked together to design and apply the decals. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas T. Charlton)

A Team Charleston C-17 Globemaster III sits with a new nose art decal here at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., April 26, 2018. A Nose Art Unveiling Ceremony was held April 27 for two of Charleston's C-17s in conjunction with the JB Charleston Air and Space Expo rehearsal.

A Joint Base Charleston C-17 Globemaster III sits with a new nose art decal at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., April 26, 2018. A Nose Art Unveiling Ceremony was held April 27, 2018, for two C-17s in conjunction with the JB Charleston Air and Space Expo rehearsal. A total of eight C-17s are scheduled to receive nose art over the course of the next few months as part of the Air Force-wide initiative of squadron revitalization. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas T. Charlton)

A Team Charleston C-17 Globemaster III sits with a new nose art decal here at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., April 26, 2018. A Nose Art Unveiling Ceremony was held April 27 for two of Charleston's C-17s in conjunction with the JB Charleston Air and Space Expo Family Day

A C-17 Globemaster III sits with a new nose art decal at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., April 26, 2018. A Nose Art Unveiling Ceremony was held April 27 for two C-17s in conjunction with the JB Charleston Air and Space Expo Family Day. A total of eight C-17s are scheduled to receive nose art over the course of the next few months as part of the Air Force-wide initiative of squadron revitalization. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas T. Charlton)

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. (AFNS) -- A Nose Art Unveiling Ceremony was held April 27, 2018 for two of Team Charleston’s C-17 Globemaster III aircraft during the Joint Base Charleston Air and Space Expo rehearsal.

A total of eight C-17s are scheduled to receive nose art over the course of the next few months as a part of the Air Force-wide initiative of squadron revitalization.

“We did this with the air expo and Family Day because it’s a really big deal,” said 1st Lt. Elie El Chartouni, 437th Maintenance Squadron Maintenance Flight commander. “The nose art really instills that sense of pride, so we thought what’s better than the Family Day to show it off to all our families?”

Nose art first became popular in the United States during World War I. Painting the nose of an aircraft originated as a way to tell enemy and friendly aircraft apart and later morphed into a way to express individuality while showing unit pride. Popularity in nose art declined during the Korean War and has regained popularity since the 1990s, now bringing the tradition to Joint Base Charleston.

“Since the beginning of the Air Force, our aircraft have been adorned with nose art,” said Col. Jimmy Canlas, 437th Airlift Wing commander. “It gives character and pride to the aircraft. We wanted to bring that back to Joint Base Charleston and our C-17s.”

Each flying squadron is permitted to have one aircraft with nose art. Only the two airlift wings’ planes were revealed during the ceremony, although there are plans for six more C-17s to receive nose art. The flying squadrons were able to create their own decals and worked with artists from the local community to finalize the designs.

“These designs were created by the squadrons, for the squadrons,” said Capt. Keane Carpenter. “They were born out of a proud history and aim to inspire and excite today’s Airmen. Nose art connects us to our heritage, inspires excellence and instills pride to all members of the unit who see their colors taxiing by.”

The 437th AW’s design includes an eagle in an attack stance with a streamer bearing the units designation flying over a globe to represent the wing’s worldwide mobility. This design was originally used for the 437th Troop Carrier Wing, which supported combat operations in the Korean Peninsula in the 1950s.

The 315th Airlift Wing’s design symbolizes their ability to provide rapid global mobility and their connection to the community as reservists. The design includes a modified version of the 315th AW emblem, wings and a C-17 flying over the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge.

The decals are made out of a high-speed vinyl material meant to last approximately five years. According to Tech. Sgt. Richard Gravely, 437th MXS NCO in charge of the Corrosion Control Facility, vinyl was chosen instead of traditional paint because it is more durable.

“Our aircraft today are a lot faster and fly a lot more than they did in World War II,” Gravely said. “That’s why the paint wouldn’t have worked; someone would have to constantly touch it up. There’s no room for error when you’re putting them on. It’s really sticky so once the decal touches, it’s stuck.”

Members of the 437th and 315th Operations Groups and 437th Maintenance Group worked together to design and apply the vinyl decals.

“The nose art project has been a great collaboration between the operations groups and maintenance group, which we don’t get to see every day on the small things,” El Chartouni said. “At the end of the day it’s for the mission, our pride and heritage, so it’s been really cool to be a part of this project.”

Engage

Facebook Twitter
RT @PACAF: #Snow isn't much of an issue for us here in #Hawaii; however, if a #blizzard ever comes our way we know some hard-working #Airme
RT @LukeAFB: Even as the sun sets 🌅 the 63rd AMU maintainers are working hard to ensure the success of the mission! #goldenhour #aviation
💻 High Tech + Air Force = Oh, yes .@Travis60AMW has a tool that captures digital info, which renders 3D images of… https://t.co/N3iQ25ic0m
.@GenDaveGoldfein on U.S. Space Force: “This new, powerful service is being built upon a foundation of trust and c… https://t.co/v3HYcekA4a
RT @USAFHealth: For the past 18 years of war the Air Force has excelled at saving lives. Ground Surgical Teams extend the operational capab…
RT @HQ_AFMC: The difference in driving ability between those who train on the simulator before driving and those who don’t is “mind-blowing…
RT @HQAirUniversity: The LeMay Center announces the revision of Annex 3-30, Command and Control. Includes discussions on COMAFFOR/JFACC int…
RT @HiAirGuard: The Hawaii Air National Guard (HIANG) will be hosting a Sentry Aloha fighter exercise beginning Wednesday, Jan. 8, and will…
Let it burn 🔥 As a part of the @20FighterWing Natural Resource program to reduce hazardous fuels and prevent future… https://t.co/ngeaftRiAq
RT @AFResearchLab: At its core, the @usairforce runs on the skill of its airmen. The 711th Human Performance Wing strives to advance the sa…
🐺🌕 Viewing this weekend's #WolfMoon? .@KunsanAirBase's Wolf Pack maintains readiness for air interdiction, close a… https://t.co/gwE9A39zkU
Meet the recently commissioned Airman on track to become the first ever female Muslim Chaplain in the Department of… https://t.co/PtSmyP1Iqz
.@ABCSharkTank, anyone? The Air Force Spark Tank announced its 2020 selectees. 6 Airmen were selected to present… https://t.co/SAR8cLBPzc
RT @HQ_AFMC: A 413th Flight Test Squadron HH-60W hangs in the anechoic chamber at the Joint Preflight Integration of Munitions & Electronic…
Congrats to the all-female team that won Aviano Air Base's weapons loading competition! The team wore navy blue c… https://t.co/FKhAnKHgNO
RT @AirNatlGuard: “Assessments like this help prepare our Airmen to be ready as first responders." @149FW https://t.co/bCar4aVMfX
RT @GenDaveGoldfein: Today we recognize our #Defenders. I could not be more proud to serve with you. Thank you for keeping our #Airmen, res…
#ThrowbackThursday Operation Bolo was one of the most active air engagements in the Vietnam conflict.… https://t.co/Iu6HgKEvsi
As the Department of the Air Force enters a new age with two separate services, the leadership of @GenDaveGoldfeinhttps://t.co/5CqFgKRKHB