The Tuskegee Airmen Analysis

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The Tuskegee Airmen: The American Legacy In The Tuskegee Airmen directed by Robert Markowitz illustrates the African-American flyers who broke the color barrier in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. Throughout the film displayed journey of the young African-American men in hopes to prevail towards the route to Tuskegee Air Force Base, where they are among the recruits of an experimental program to demonstrate their physical and mental abilities as black man in the U.S. armed services. On a train bound for Tuskegee Air Base in Alabama, Hannibal Lee (Laurence Fishburne) meets black fellow passengers Walter Peoples (Allen Payne), and Leroi Cappy (Malcolm Jamal Warner) all are flight cadets, going to join the 99th Fighter Squadron, a newly…show more content…
military was racially segregated which reflected the racialstand of the rest of the country at that time. African-American and white units, but the U.S. Army Air Corp simply didn’t accepted any colored pilots because the colored men were believed they had lower intelligence, worse coordination, and slower reflexes. Urged by President Roosevelt, who wanted to win African-American support while running for his second term, the U.S. Air Corps conducted an experiment that consisted of giving an assemblage of young African-American men equal opportunities as their white pilots to test if colored men could become competent pilots who eventually became the Tuskegee Airmen (Homen). The soon to be pilots trained at the Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama, “hence the nickname, to become the first colored American pilots” (PBS). The first non-white aviation cadets began training in July 1941 and finished in March 1942, with five out of thirteen successfully completing the course soon enough nine hundred and ninety-four African American pilots graduated from the training throughout 1946 (Homen). The Tuskegee Airmen became part of the elite the African-American 99th Fighteer Squadron (later expanded to the 332nd Fighter Group) led by Colonel Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. Overcoming prejudice and segregation, the Tuskegee Airmen made great contributions by fighting for the United States and became one of the most highly respected fighter pilot groups of World War II
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