Flights of Fancy

Money, Morality and SWA

Kyla Ebbert is the sort of woman who would never rate media attention unless she was involved in a serious crime or tragedy but she made national news in the US by committing a questionable fashion crime. In the summer…

The Not So Red Baron

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Forget today’s anemic, vanilla sex teenage vampires and campy zombies, this time of year my memory conjures up Snoopy and his ongoing battle with the Red Baron, popularized in the Peanuts comic strip and in the TV special It’s the…

Lady Godiva’s Kittyhawk Connection

The Legend Most of us have heard the legend of Lady Godiva’s ride, naked, through the streets of Coventry. According to the earliest surviving source for the legend, the Chronica of Roger of Wendover (d. 1237), Godiva pleaded with her…

Stuff, a Vietnam War Crusader

Ever since pilots started painting pictures of women on their airplanes they’ve been inspired by the great pin-up artists of their times. World War II era nose art painters for instance regularly copied the work of Alberto Vargas and George…

Jinkin Josie

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Jinkin Josie is a Republic EF-105F Wild Weasel. Wild Weasels are aircraft modified and equipped to attack enemy surface-to-air missile (SAM) sites. Josie was flown by Captain Vern Harris and Captain Kim Pepperell of the 357th Tactical Fighter Squadron over…

Kate Moss is Virgin Birthday Girl

Virgin Nose Art

Virgin Atlantic celebrated its 25th birthday on 22nd June and Sir Richard Branson invited Kate Moss to the party. Moss, dressed in a red playsuit and Yves Saint Laurent Tribute platform heels, emulated the Virgin Atlantic flying girls, painted in…