Amidst the racial naysayers during WWII, the first African-American fighter pilots were commissioned in 1941 to help defend the distressed bombers in the European theater. Under the watch of these pilots, few to no bombers were lost to enemy fighters. These forgotten pilots are known as the Tuskegee Airmen. The ambition to make these heroes a household name is the primary objective of The Redtail Project, a group of men and women who honored the Airmen by touring air shows with a restored P-51C Mustang, the famous roaring fighter plane these men flew in combat. Like the men they tribute, the Redtail Project encountered adversity when their flying homage to the Airmen, the Mustang, crashed in 2004, killing pilot Don Hinz, who was also the project leader. "Red Tail Reborn," narrated by Michael Dorn, is a tale of inspiration. Historic interviews, unprecedented access, and emotional honesty bring to light the tale of the Airmen, and of those who honor them. The Tuskegee Airmen showed the ... Written by
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The P-51 Mustang fighter plane featured in the film served most of its life as a decoration on the lawn of Montana State University. In the late 1940's, a few drunken Air Force personnel climbed in the aircraft on night, started it up, and taxied her around the campus. The aircraft was secured to the ground with steel and concrete after that. See more
Dr. Benjamin Payton
Their story needs to be told again and again. And it is the story of the heroism of a people.