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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They Were Our Country's Best Defense ... And Its Greatest Glory.
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The silver color of the PT-17 biplane trainer aircraft (properly known as the Kaydet but commonly called the Stearman) is correct for the time when the Tuskegee Airmen were training. The attractive blue and yellow paint scheme displayed on most Kaydets today is from before WWII. See more
In the riding-the-train scene at the start of the movie, dated 1941-1942, one pilot is seen reading Stick & Rudder. According to the copyright notice in the book, Stick & Rudder was not published until 1944. Also, the dust jacket as shown in the film was not used until a much later edition of the book, late 1960's-early 70's. See more
[chasing after biplane
Hey! Hey! Hey! Wait for me!
Referenced in Half in the Bag: Red Tails
One O'Clock Jump
Written by Count Basie
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