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The real-life Red Tails

This week the movie Red Tails debuts in American theaters. The film depicts, in true Hollywood style, the exploits of the Tuskegee Airmen who flew in the 332nd Fighter Group during World War II. But as Defense Media Network editor Steven Hoarn writes, while the film is definitely worth seeing, the real history of these pioneering African-American airmen is in many ways better than the movie. So here we present a few images of the real people who flew and fought both on the home front and against the Axis.

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Steven Hoarn is the Editor/Photo Editor for Defense Media Network. He is a graduate of...

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    DIANNE MARTINES SEQUEIRA

    i loved the movie these men prooved to be outstanding soilders given the chance .the spirit they had considering the obsticles they faced (and there were many) shows the true meaning of being an american fighting for the country they loved was so moving

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    No doubt about the heroism these great men displayed in a much more restricted environment than most of our other heroes. I will say I was disappointed in the “Red Tails” movie because it was too theatrical. The movie “Tuskegee Airmen” was far, far better.