Today see the movie that takes adversity to the skies. Red Tails is the story of the first African American U.S. Fighter Pilots. After completing the southern Tuskegee training project, and having faced military segregation while primarily kept on the ground during World War II, the first African American Fighter Pilots are finally called to duty under the leadership of Col. A.J. Bullard
Col. A.J. Bullard, played by Oscar Award Nominee Terrence Howard, and Major Emanuelle Stance, played by Oscar Award Winner Cuba Gooding Jr. lead the young fighter pilots though the battle in the skies of World War II and the War on the ground for Civil Rights.
Director George Lucas spent 20 years and around $58 million of his own money to bring Red Tails to the big screen. Surely all of time and expenses will not be in vain with his star actors Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding Jr. along with singer, Ne-Yo, rapper, Method man, and rising stars; Nate Parker, Tristan Wilds, and Elijah Kelley.
The film is filled with action, comedy, drama, and education about what it took to not only to be a fighter pilot, but what struggles there were for African American pilots in the military. A 1925 U.S. Army War College report had gone so far as considering African Americans not just inferior, but also incapable of operating complex machinery. The movie is overall educational and for the family to see, it will leave you on the edge of you seat, and at times breathless. This weekend don’t walk or run, but fly to theaters to see the story of the famous Tuskegee Airman, Red Tails.