FB-111A names and nose-arts

In the mid-eighties, nose-arts appeared on the FB-111As from both wings. The 380th BW had the nose-arts painted on the right side behind the cockpit while the 509th BW had theirs painted on the nose wheel doors with details of the original a/c stenciled beside it. Not all FBs carried nose-arts but were named and over the years, the same nose-art and name appeared on different aircraft for various reasons like Depot Level maintenance, etc... Some FBs were even given nicknames by their ground crews like a/c 68-0241 which used to be called "K-Mart Special" (Two for one)!. Names were also given to Wing's KC-135s in the same period. Prior to 1985, FB-111As were also given special markings when participating in SAC's competition and exercises.

Colonel Charlie Searock was the wing commander at Plattsburgh AFB for two years starting in May 1981. "We started yellow and blue horizontal stripes on the vertical stabilizers at Plattsburgh in 1981. The yellow and blue bands grew into nose-arts during the spring of 1982 when I was determined to bring one of our 'hangar queens' (tail 247) out of 'cann' status and back on the line. I assigned myself to that airplane. Had them put my name on it and checked on it daily. Ultimately that led to assigning crew members to aircraft in an attempt to engender some more interest in the care and feeding of 'their' airplane. When 247 was finally rolled out, we named it "Adam's Apple" and painted the now well known apple with the sword stuck in it on the fuselage behind and slightly below the cockpit. The name Adam came from my then nine year old son named Adam. He would routinely accompany me on my after hours rounds around the base and flight line. On many occasions he would 'assist' the crew chief of 247 by holding a flashlight or getting tools or whatever. The 'apple' came from the area which of course was a major apple growing region."

View 380th BW's nose-art. (Part 1, Part 2 )

View 509th BW's nose-art. (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4 )

The following list of names and nose-arts was compiled by myself using photographs and official USAF documents, plus visual sightings during private visits, Open houses, and airshows. Additions and comments to this list is welcome. E-mail the webmaster!

(1): 380th BW, Plattsburgh AFB, NY (2): 509th BW, Pease AFB, NH

  • 67-0159
  • 67-0160
  • 67-0161 "Deliverer" (1), "Liquidator" (1)
  • 67-0162 "Nocturnal mission" (1), "Black magic" (1)
  • 67-0163 "Moonlight maid" (1), "Whispering death" (1)
  • 67-7192 "Slightly dangerous" (1), "Moonlight maid" (1)
  • 67-7193 "Tiger lil" (2), "Chappie's cruiser" (2), "Jabitt III" (2)
  • 67-7194 "Ramblin'wreck" (1), "Necessary evil" (2), "Virgin abroad" (1), "Bag O' bolts" (2), "Yankee clipper" (2), "Frankenvark" (2)
  • 67-7195 "Dave's dream" (2), "Big stink" (2)
  • 67-7196 "Seacoast cruncher" (2), "Ruptured duck" (2), "Snafu" (2)
  • 68-0239 "Rough night" (1), "Caged lightning" (1)
  • 68-0240 "Star voyager" (1), "Blue ridge stream (1), "Battle weary" (1), "Atomic blade" (1)
  • 68-0241 "The undecided" (1), "Southern comfort" (1), "Some punkins" (2), "Nothing sacred" (1)
  • 68-0242
  • 68-0243 "Net results" (1), "Jungle queen" (1), "Marauder" (1)
  • 68-0244 "Lucky strike" (1), "Juneau's Toy" (1)
  • 68-0245 "Ready teddy" (1), "Nobody's darling" (1)
  • 68-0246 "Strange cargo" (2), "Royal flush (1), "Pistol packin' mama" (2)
  • 68-0247 "Poetry in motion" (2), "Murphy's Law" (2), "Fort Worth gal" (2), "Adam's apple" (1)
  • 68-0248 "Free for all" (1), "Fire power" (1), "A hostage to fortune" (1)
  • 68-0249 "Gus's bus" (1), "Full house" (2), "Little joe" (1), "Top secret" (2), "Spirit of the Seacoast" (2)
  • 68-0250 "Silver lady" (1), "Grey ghost" (2), "Global power" (2)
  • 68-0251 "Shy-chi baby" (1)
  • 68-0252 "Sleepy time gal" (1), "Six bitts" (1)
  • 68-0253
  • 68-0254 "Sudden impact" (1), "Pappy's passion" (1)
  • 68-0255 "Untouchable" (2), "Sleepy time gal" (1), "Eagle one" (2)
  • 68-0256 "Straight flush" (1), "The screamer" (1), "Some punkins" (2), "Angel in de skies" (1)
  • 68-0257 "Next objective" (2), "Maid in the USA" (1), "New England special" (2)
  • 68-0258 "Jabbit IV" (2), "Hell's belle" (1), "The wild hare" (2), "Herky's honey" (1), "Fire fox" (2)
  • 68-0259 "Necessary evil" (2), "Gypsy" (1), "Avenger" (2)
  • 68-0260 "Snafu" (1), "Susy Q" (1)
  • 68-0261
  • 68-0262 "Lady luck" (1)
  • 68-0263
  • 68-0264 "Jezebelle" (1), "Old hickory" (1)
  • 68-0265 "Net results" (1), "Liberator II" (2)
  • 68-0266
  • 68-0267 "Troublemaker" (2), "Black widow" (1), "Pom pom express" (1), "Memphis belle II" (2), "Wizard" (2)
  • 68-0268
  • 68-0269 "Sad sack" (1), "Laggin' dragon" (1), "Cruisin' Susan" (1), "Fireball express" (2), "Up an'Atom" (2)
  • 68-0270 "Full house" (2), "Juarez whistle" (1), "Lucky strike" (1), "American Express" (1), "Interceptor" (1),
  • 68-0271 "The wild hare" (2), "On de-fense" (1), "Night crawler" (2), "Bomerang" (2)
  • 68-0272 "The wild hare" (2), "Net results" (1), "Up an'Atom" (2), "Senior Smoke" (1)
  • 68-0273 "Sleeping dynamite" (2), "Milk wagon" (2), "Shine runner" (2)
  • 68-0274 "Thunder mug" (2), "Mission's kiss" (1), "Missouri miss" (1), "Laggin' dragon" (2)
  • 68-0275 "Bomble bee" (2), "Becomin'back" (1)
  • 68-0276 "Gruesome goose" (2), "Savage beast" (2), "Seven on the Mountain" (2)
  • 68-0277 "Double trouble" (1)
  • 68-0278 "A wing an' ten prayers" (1), "Freebird" (1)
  • 68-0279
  • 68-0280
  • 68-0281 "Eagle one" (2), "Morbid joe" (1)
  • 68-0282 "Dream gal" (1), "Old ironsides" (1)
  • 68-0283
  • 68-0284 "Next objective" (2), "Laggin' dragon" (1), "Sunshine" (1)
  • 68-0285
  • 68-0286 "Outlaw" (1), "SAC Time" (1), "Miss giving" (1), "Flying dragon" (1)
  • 68-0287 "Mad max" (1), "Ten squirrel hunter" (1), "Liberator II" (2)
  • 68-0288 "Angel in de skies" (1), "Peace offering" (1), "The wild hare" (2)
  • 68-0289 "Queen hi" (1), "Tasmanian devil" (1), "Fyrtle myrtle" (1), "Rollin' Thunder" (1)
  • 68-0290
  • 68-0291 "Shady lady" (1), "Sky Knight", "Deliverer" (1)
  • 68-0292 "Liberty belle" (1), "Liquidator" (1)
  • 69-6503 "Straight flush" (2), "Mission maid" (2), "Straight flush" (1)
  • 69-6504 "The KO kid" (1), "Freebird" (2), "War lord" (1), "Freebird" (1)
  • 69-6505
  • 69-6506 "Lady lightning" (2), "Alley cat" (2), "Full house" (2)
  • 69-6507 "Block buster" (2), "Madame queen" (1), "Genesis" (1), "Sleepy-time gal" (2), "Battle weary" (2)
  • 69-6508 "Strange cargo" (2), "Blasted event" (2), "Murphy's Law" (2)
  • 69-6509 "Spirit of the Seacoast" (2), "Max effort" (2), "Touch of class" (2), "Pegasus" (2)
  • 69-6510 "Sleepy time gal" (1), "Pistol packin'mamma" (2), "Memphis belle II" (2)
  • 69-6511
  • 69-6512 "Royal flush" (1)
  • 69-6513 "Black widow" (1), "Top secret" (2), "Bronx bomber" (1), "Top secret" (1)
  • 69-6514 "Double trouble" (2)

Celestial Lady from the 380th BW, Serial unknown.