Red Tails

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    Being a WWII enthusiast I've been waiting for to this movie. Hopefully they don't Hollywood it too much.

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpA6TC0T_Lw]Red Tails (2012) HD Movie Trailer - Lucasfilm Official Trailer - YouTube[/ame]
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    My Grandfather's Bomber squadron was escorted more than once by fighters from the 332nd (Red Tails) over Germany. In fact, on one mission there were about 50 fighters for only two bombers!

    The surviving Red Tail pilots make the Air Show circuit and I've always wanted to talk to one of them and find out what that was all about.
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    Being a reenactor and being part of these events I had more that a few opportunities to talk to former Red Tails, Band of Brothers members (even some of the actors) among many others who served in WWII (American and German). It's amazing just to sit and talk to them about their experiences.
    I'd also like to see a movie on Patton's Panthers, the 761st tank battalion.

    World War II: 761st Tank Battalion

    Excellent book, amazing story.

    [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Pattons-Panthers-African-American-761st-Battalion/dp/0743485009"]http://www.amazon.com/Pattons-Panthers-African-American-761st-Battalion/dp/0743485009[/ame]
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    the Lucasfilm site has much more on this

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    Looks a little too CGI.
    But should be a good flick. :thup:
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    Meh.

    The original used actual WWII footage and I'll take that over special effects any day
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    just more high tech than the 95 version
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    I'm going to see the movie next week.
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    Just wish it wasn't Lucas doing the film. The acting and dialog in his films tend to be horrible. More computer graphics than storyline
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    Todays PC revisionist history crowd is trying to make the 332nd Red Tails into some kind of super hero's.

    When in fact they were only a very minor footnote in the air war.

    Plus by the time the negro pilots entered combat late in the war.

    They were flying the vaunted P51 Mustang which was the best fighter to see action during WWII

    The Luftwaffe by then was just a shell of it's former self and the German pilots were poorly trained and inexperienced for combat; and didn't present much of a challenge to the Allied pilots.
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    The reason they entered the war late is because they didn't want colored fighers on fighting missions until later.
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    My Dad was still alive when "Tuskegee Airmen" came out and I asked him about it since he flew a P-51 escorting B-17s from England to Germany in the war. My Father wasn't a bullshitter and was easily the most honest and decent man I've ever known and most importantly, he taught us from a very early age to not judge a person on what they had no control of .........skin color for example. He taught us to judge others on character.

    All of that being said, the whole hoopla about the Tuskegee guys irritated him, not to any great extent, just enough to comment on it when I asked. He felt Hollywood exaggerated the accomplishments of these guys, that by doing so they pushed the idea that it was a shock that black guys could be good pilots. He went on to say that any pilots that survived all of the missions they went on were good pilots. It wasn't just the Germans or the Japanese that could knock a guy out of the sky, the aircraft itself could kill you. His problem was with the portrayal of these guys as the greatest pilots of WW2 and the bullshit attempt to make them seem more like the arrogant assholes of today.....black athletes that overly boast and celebrate in excess when they do the very thing they are paid huge contract to do. He told me he had met a number of the guys at reunions and in the Air Force that he served for 30 years. He said they weren't the guys portrayed at all. They were humble and proud of their accomplishments but didn't feel they were better pilots than any of the thousands that did a majority of the work.

    Another thing that doesn't seem to get mentioned was who they were flying against. The Luftwaffe had been decimated by the time they made it to Europe, they were sending up whatever they had left including kids with almost no flight experience at all, some to do unarmed suicide missions colliding with allied bombers. I wonder why that isn't made more clear, would it take some of the glory away from the Red Tails? Oh and as for the me262s like the one on the movie poster, only a "332nd fighter group" site claims 3 kills..... no other site even mentions the Tuskegee guys...... that sight also claim that no bomber was lost when they were escorting them, other sites claims bullshit and put the number of at least 25 lost.


    This guy talks about the exaggerations.


    Tuskegee Airman from South Portland talks truth vs. fiction ahead of 'Red Tails' release | The Forecaster


    Tuskegee Airman from South Portland talks truth vs. fiction ahead of 'Red Tails' release
    By Mario Moretto

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The Tuskegee Airmen get together in a different city every year. The World War II veterans, who were the first black pilots in the U.S. military, meet to catch up with each other and swap stories.

    But a few years ago, in Philadelphia, they weren't alone.

    They were joined by filmmaker George Lucas, who wanted to make a movie about the aviators. He had come to get their blessing, to ask them what they'd like to see in a film about their exploits in Europe.

    "We told them to knock out all the crap," said Jim Sheppard, 87, a Tuskegee Airman who is originally from Harlem and has lived in South Portland for more than 30 years. "We were good enough on our own. We don't need people boosting us."

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    I will be going to see and hear this flick....... whether it's accurate or not, or as George Lucas admitted in an interview on Jon Stewart's show.........George Lucas: 'Red Tails' was not 'green enough' for Hollywood studios

    Lucas went on to say that he was inspired to make the film to inspire teenage boys around ideas of heroism and patriotism. "It's not Glory where you a lot of white officers running these guys into cannon fire. These are real heroes," he said.

    I'll still go see it because I love the look and the sounds of WW2 aircraft, I don''t care who is flying them. From what I've seen, the dogfight sequences are the best so far........ a huge difference from Will Smith in his F-18 in "Independence Day". Those flight sequences were very silly looking, especially in the turns.

    I've shown these shots before but there are a lot of new members so here they are........ a shot of my Dad and his P-51.......

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    I love to go to War Bird air shows.

    All of the planes are wonderful to look at and watch fly.

    But when you hear a P51 Mustang coming from a distance and heading your way.

    The engine sounds so strong and powerful; like a mechanical sympathy.

    And as it zips by you and then starts to climb skyward.

    Even a first time attendee to an air show can tell this plane is a pure thoroughbred with a top fuel hot rod engine. :cool:
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    Yes, there is nothing like the scream of a P-51, what irritates me is the air shows feel a need to play loud music during the show.......the guy narrating is bad enough but why cover the great sounds with a lousy song? I've been to a lot of air shows, saw the Thunderbirds in F-100! Love almost everything about them. I am hoping to go to the Reno Air Races this year and the Aviation Nation show in Vegas.
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    A few years ago I lived by the back entrance to the Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida.

    The Blue Angels practiced directly above my house during the air show season.

    They flew the F-18 Hornet and boy were they loud. :cool:

    btw the Naval Air Museum on the base at Pensacola is definitely worth a visit.
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    Did they look like this?

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    Yea, they sure did. :eusa_angel:

    They also had the cargo support plane called "Fat Albert" that would do a rocket assist take off.

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