During the Second World War, a special project is begun by the US Army Air Corps to integrate African American pilots into the Fighter Pilot Program. Known as the "Tuskegee Airman" for the name of the airbase at which they were trained, these men were forced to constantly endure harassement, prejudice, and much behind the scenes politics until at last they were able to prove themselves in combat. Written by
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The right spirit. The right attitude. The wrong color.
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The character Lewis Johns (Mekhi Phifer
) recites "Strange Fruit" to his fellow recruits to describe lynchings in the South in the first half of the 20th century. "Strange Fruit" is a song sung by Billie Holiday
from 1939 which in turn was a poem written by Abel Meeropol, a Jewish teacher in The Bronx in 1936, under the pen name of Lewis Allen, after he witnessed the lynching of Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith in Marion, Indiana, in that year. See more
After the initial engagement in Italy, the bomber pilot is asking another officer the identity of the fighter planes with the distinctive tail markings. This conversation is happening at night. The next scene shows some of the fighter pilots walking away from their planes celebrating the mission. It's daytime. Both conversations would have happened immediately after the planes landed. See more
[chasing after biplane
Hey! Hey! Hey! Wait for me!
Straighten Up and Fly Right
Written by Nat 'King' Cole
and Irving Mills
Used by permission of EMI Mills Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
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