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Tuskegee Airmen

Tuskegee Airmen

Red Tails was the name of the first group of African-American airmen...

Red Tails was the name of the first group of African-American airmen to serve as pilot escorts for American bombers in World War II.  Although many questioned their abilities, the Red Tails were so successful that by the last year of the war,  they were sought out to lead bombing runs in Italy and Germany.  They began as an experiment by President Roosevelt.  Roosevelt sent them to Tuskegee to train at the beginning of the war.  They overcame discrimination and harrassment and eventually helped desegregate Army flight crews.  The tails of their planes were painted red to distinguish them from the other pilots and to let the enemy know who they were going up against.