"The USAAF and USN adhered to strict, if ever evolving, standards regarding
aircraft camouflage, and the colors specifications then, as today, were standardized
in the Federal Specification color charts, which have since been adopted by model
builders the world over as a defacto standard of their own. It remains a mystery
to me where so many of them obtain the color matching books, which are normally
issued by the government to contracters. Your tax dollars at work, I guess. Anyway,
this is the meaning of the cryptic numbers proceeded by the letters "FS" you
will find on almost every modelbuilder's website used to describe particular
color shades. US camouflage color were also referred to by ANA numbers, but the
FS colors are more informative.
While many nations
decorated their aircraft with nose art, American Air
Force pilots were unique in their penchant for painting
pretty girls on the sides of their planes. Sometimes
they would forget to paint the clothes on them, which
would often be hastily added before the plane returned
home from the front lines. Eventually, the Air Force
passed a regulation encouraging a sense of decorum, but
boys will be boys and pretty girls still get painted
on airplanes, even in today's Air Force."
to Barry Munden at Boom
and Zoom Graphics.