Red Tails and Reality

The 'friendly skies' did not exist over Europe when the Red Tails flew, as depicted in a movie released by Fox this weekend.  The Red Tails is the name used to designate the famous World War II black fighter pilots, the Tuskegee Airmen.  Created under pressure from civil rights groups, Congress, and the black press, the Tuskegee Airmen were a 1941 experiment that was supposed to fail.  The all black pursuit squadron trained at the Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama. The pilots became known, as the "Red Tails" after the tails of their planes were painted red for identification purposes. The movie powerfully opens with the words from a 1925 Army War College Study, which concluded that blacks were unsuitable to serve in the military due to their lack of intelligence, ambition, and courage.  It jumps to showing the Tuskegee Airmen wasting their talents shooting up German freight trains.  Lt. Col. Alex Jefferson, a Tuskegee pilot, told American Thinker that the...(Read Full Article)

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