How Did Tuskegee Airmen Get Famous

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The highly decorated Tuskegee Airmen were members of the U.S. Army Air Force units in World War II. They were African Americans and they often got discriminated against. The movie “Red Tails” depicts what people thought of them and how they earned respect from white pilots. It showed how they were disciplined enough to follow their orders instead of going for the glory like the white fighter pilots in the movie. This is why they have become so famous. Racial discrimination prevented African Americans from learning to fly up until 1941. In 1941 African American college graduates were selected to for an army experiment to fly in what was called the 99th Fighter Squadron, which trained in an airfield adjacent to Alabama’s Tuskegee Institute.

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