The Tuskegee Airmen were told they were racially inferior and they were not to succeed. No matter how valiant their efforts, they were denied the same rights of their Caucasian counterparts. The airmen fought Adolf Hitler overseas and Jim Crow on American soil, being degraded as second-class citizens and watched as German prisoners of war were treated better than them. Through tireless efforts they ultimately blazed a trail and paved the way for the birth of the civil rights movement.
Flying itself was so much fun. In the air there’s no black or white or green or whatever. You’re a pilot. And that helped to mute some of the racism on the ground. ~Captain Roscoe C. Brown, Jr., Pilot, 332nd Fighter Group
When the pilots of the 332nd Fighter Group painted the tails of their P-47’s red, they adopted the nickname “Red Tails.”
George Lucas began developing Red Tails in 1988 – 24 years ago! He’s revealed in interviews that the long delay in the production of the film was because the major film studios balked at financing and marketing a film with an “all-black” cast and “no major white roles.”
America’s not perfect. But I will hold her hand until she gets well. ~General Daniel “Chappie” James, Jr., Tuskegee Airman and 1st African-American Four Star General of the United States Air Force
It’s ironic that a film about brave men who endured so much for equality almost couldn’t have their story portrayed on the BIG screen because of the continued racial prejudices in this country. It’s been reported that if the film does well, Lucas would like to produce a trilogy, with a prequel and a sequel. We all know George can make a great trilogy! I am hoping people support the film which will supply the ammunition to continue the storytelling of these amazing men.