The Real Tuskegee Airmen

Have you seen RED TAILS, yet?  If not don't miss it.  As we approach Black History Month this is a must see, no matter who you are.   Take a person younger than you or older than you to see this movie.  It's a cross generational affair.    The movie is about air fighters in World War II, who were trained at Tuskegee to fight in the war.  They were superb. They were Black and they were a military experiment.  The White generals were afraid that they were not intellectual capable. They had to fight to fight.    They had to fight to get new air craft.

Eventually they got the chance to fly. They were superb in their performance. So much so that their performance conquered the racism. The white pilots eventually came to recognize their stellar performance and would not fly without their assistance.    The Tuskegee were the best of the best.  This is a true story and its presents a different image of the Black male.

The George Lucas film was 23 years in the making and Mr. Lucas had to advance his own dollars for the adventure film because Hollywood did not think a Black action film would be profitable.  History again is made.  The Black men are living legends, examples of unity and how America becomes a greater and better place when the limitations are lifted.  They never lost a bomber.

It shows Black men at their best in their finest hour. It's about winning. It is a lesson to still be learned in this country.   The screening I saw people stood up after the movie to applaud.

My mother remembers World War II, I asked her what was it like when the Tuskegee Airmen came home.  The parties, the church honors, etc. She said they did not come home to fanfare. The American public did not know about these heroes. They come home to no newspaper articles, no TV appearances. They just came home and lived their lives.

They are just getting the recognition they deserved.   Their examples serve for all of us to follow.  Take a young man to see this movie

Please not the pictures in this gallery are of the real Tuskegee Airmen.

What did you think of the movie?




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  • I LOVED RED TAILS!!! It was such a fun film. The actors were amazing. The dogfights were jaw-dropping. It was so refreshing to see a film where there are no victims, just HEROES. Everyone needs to see this film!

  • You are absolutely correct. How refreshing is it to see Black male heroes. George Lucas is my new hero. Thanks for writing

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    As the daughter of a Tuskegee Airman, I'm so very happy and proud to see this movie go out. I have bragged about my dad being a part of the 332nd for years. Now they get a glimpse to see why I bragged about him so hard. I loved the movie, it was exciting and I have never been prouder.

  • In reply to Juanita Harris:

    You should be proud. I have know about 4 Tuskegee Airmen in my life. They were all very fine gentlemen. We owe a real debt to your Dad. Bravo.

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    I loved the movie "Red Tails". I thought it was so accurate and was very emotional for me as it reminded me of the stories my daddy would tell us about things they went through at Moton Field in Tuskegee. My daddy was Lt. Col. Caesar Stevens Bassette, Jr who taught morse code to the pilots in Tuskegee. He became a Lonely Eagle on 8/7/08. I miss him, love him so very much. I am so very, very proud of my daddy and all the Original Tuskegee Airmen! "Tuskegee Airmen never die...... they just fly away." Geoge Lucas and all the cast members thank you so very, very much. Dr. Roscoe Brown, thank you for all you did .

  • America owes a debt of gratitude to your Dad. Thank you.

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    I don't know where to begin with this movie. It was absoluetly great; I am planning on going to see it again. The work of the cast was phenomenal and the producers, directors, writers, historians, artists, etc. did a beautiful job portraying the Tuskegee Airmen. Because of this movie, I can finally say that I know something about the Tuskegee Airmen and I appreciate all they went through to become honored gentlemen.

  • In reply to DeAndra Stone:

    Amen. Our heroes.

  • This is a truly special film. I think it's a minor classic. It has to be seen more than once to start appreciating its art & craft. This isn't a preachy "message" movie, or an ego-driven director's showcase, it is about the characters, who are very naturalistically portrayed. There's a lot of stylistic continuity from Lucas's previous films, and Anthony Hemingway brings his own gift for getting believable performances from his actors. It's a potent mix! Definitely see this on the BIG SCREEN, it's that kind of movie. The critics are way off on this one. Naturalistic acting, a tightly focused script, and a lack of gore do not = "bad" acting, shallowness or phoniness. See this beautiful film yourself & make up your own mind!

  • In reply to Sebastian:

    It is a great film. I agree with you, the critics were off.

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    It is a fantastic movie. My two sons and I went and we thoroughly enjoyed it. It was great to see so many young kids in the theater, I do hope they understand that it was based on fact and not something made up. I appreciate all that the Tuskegee Airmen did for this country. I am glad that their story has finally been told.

  • In reply to Theresa Zieber:

    It was good to see a cross generation audience. Grandmothers had their grandsons and mothers were with their husbands and some older people were there with real memories. Just what we need for Black history month.

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    Enough of the race this and race that. I went and loved Red Tails regardless of who was in it. I went to learn another story of WW2 that hasn't been told and it was just fantastic!

    Enough of segregating the audiences, if it's a good story and solid production and action effects then everyone will go see it. There's no need to say it's for this audience or that audience, it just cuts out a number of potential audience from wanting to watch an excellent movie.

    The only gripe I have is towards the executives that keep jacking up the ticket prices making the average viewer choose alternative methods to view the movie. People just aren't feeling they are receiving the value for the dollar at the theatre. But that's another topic.

  • This movie was worth the admission ticket.
    In so far as race, the point is the story is a story that has been kept under wraps because of race.

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    In reply to Hermene Hartman:

    For some reason I remember John Singleton in Chicago at a State Farm Banquet being very disappointed in our turnout for "Rosewood" I see why Amistad and Red Tails were more appreciated than a film about a Black Owned Town

  • I remember the movie. These movies are historical indeed but they are also hard to take. Maybe that's a reason for the low turnout.

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