ABOUT OUR KEYCHAINS
Enamel / Cloisonné
- Our vibrant and highly detailed keychain collection was designed after extensive research of aviation NOSE -ART archives.
- Produced with the highest grade of enameling and cloissonné under rigorous quality standards.
- A difference in quality you can see and feel.
Our fascination with old military aircraft ‘bone yards’ continually motivate us to create unique jewelry collections. After viewing many historic airplanes, we learned they all had one thing in common - they looked sad and eerie, strewn across a sea of rivets and busted metal, the sound of the wind yearning to tell their long-lost stories.
The Nose Art of the WWII era planes is the inspiration for this collection. Nose Art was the crew’s good luck charm. Even with colors faded, stained, and dented, you can truly feel the ghosts of the brave men and women who gazed one last time upon their lucky charm before daring to climb aboard.
Approximate size: 35 – 38 mm (1.5 inches)
- The nation’s first African-American servicemen of the US Army Air Forces were named because they trained at the Tuskegee University in Alabama.
- Pilots of the 332nd Fighter group were known as “Red Tails” because they painted the tails of their P-47 s red. They also painted the red markings on the noses and rudders of P-51s, and the P-51B and D Mustangs had red propeller spinners and red tail surfaces.
- Due to their impressive combat record flying escort for heavy bombers, the Allies called the 332nd Fighter Group “Red Tails” or “Red-Tail Angels” because of the distinctive red markings on the tail section of the unit’s aircraft
- The Tuskegee Airmen are one of the Army Air Force’s most successful and most decorated escort groups in the European Theater. Of the 992 pilots trained in Tuskegee, 355 were deployed overseas. They flew 1,578 missions, 179 bomber escort missions, destroying 262 enemy aircraft in the air and on the ground, 40 boats and barges, and putting a German-seized destroyer out of action. They were awarded more than 850 medals, including 3 Distinguished Unit Citations, 1 Silver Star, 96 Distinguished Flying Crosses, 14 Bronze Stars, and 8 Purple Hearts.
- The AC-130 gunship was one of the most powerful air-to-ground assets in the US military. Spooky is an upgraded variant of the AC-130, featuring one 25-mm cannon, two 20-mm cannons, and other munitions delivery systems.
- Spooky’s orgin dates back to the Vietnam War. The first AC-130 took to the skies in 1966. Since then, it’s been used by the US Air Force in nearly every major military conflict
- The AC-130 remains one of the military’s most expensive aircraft.
- The US Air Force is looking to equip the AC-130 with a laser cannon and air-launched drones.
The “Pin-Up Girl” AS Nose Art
- Nose Art is considered folk art and, sometimes, is compared to sophisticated graffiti, both having anonymous artists.
- Nose Art began as a simple way of identifying friendly planes. It then evolved to express individuality and diminish the rigid military structure.
- The appeal, in part, came from Nose Art not being officially approved, even though regulations against it were not enforced.
- For the crews, it evoked memories of home and a peacetime life, a kind of psychological protection against the stresses of war and probability of death.
WOMEN AIRFORCE SERVICE PILOTS – WASPS
The first women in the history of the United States to fly military aircraft.
- Within two years, the WASPS flew 60 million miles in various types of aircrafts from the fastest fighters to the heaviest bombers for the Army Air Force.
- There were over 25,000 applicants for the WASPS program, but only 1,830 were accepted for training with 1,074 earning their silver wings.
- Thirty-eight WASPS died in line of duty, and they did not receive any honors or recognition, not even a US Flag to cover their coffins.
- The WASPS were disbanded in 1944 and were denied veterans’ status for 35 years.