Americans served as officers or pilots in the U.S.
Army Air Corps -- but that changed after
WWII started with a shortage of fighter pilots.
A black pilot training program called the Tuskegee Airmen went
on to be one of the best fighter squadrons in the
Air Corp -- known by the bomber crews they protected
as the Red Tails, whom they respected for saving so
many lives and bringing the
planes home safely.
It's about time they continue to receive the
attention they well deserve.
plus is about one of the coolest airplanes ever to
be made: the P-51 Mustang used by these pilots.
|When it's in the air, Red Tails is an
exciting, rip-roaring action flick; but when it is
grounded, it's an
overly preachy, predictable melodramatic mess.
Both entertaining and cheesy, this story of racial
prejudice during WWII may deliver some insight into
the 332nd fighter group, but at the same time
shows what poor dialogue, dismal plotting, and comic
book cliches can do to a movie.
Airmen deserve better, and got it in 1995 when HBO
did a better film.
Still, it's hard to deny the impact of the superb
special effects that dominate this version.
|Red Tails is based on the
real-life high-flying top gun action aces of the
WWII-era Tuskegee Airmen.
This is a historical drama about the very first
African American military pilots, who served in
segregated units during the 1940s.
The story centers on the talented, but frustrated,
men of the 332nd fighter group, who had to fight for
respect, funding, and good assignments from
a George Lucas production, is a forceful sky war
pageant -- brilliantly displayed in the air.