"Wings for This Man" is one of the last of the many war films produced by the U.S. military's First Motion Picture Unit, of which Reagan voiced or appeared in many (the FMPU was his main gig during the war). Though other films before had presented African American stories in the armed forces (such as the recent addition to the National Film Registry, "The Negro Soldier"), this is celebrated for being the first to tackle the issue of racism for these heroes, albeit without directly referencing the men's skin (instead it's "the color of his eyes or the shape of his nose"). Watch it in full here:
The Army Air Force's film division also started another production titled "Red Tails" but it was presumably aborted. Other documentaries concentrated on the Tuskegee Airmen do exist, however. There's the 2004's "Silver Wings & Civil Rights: The Fight to Fly," which gets into larger segregation issues within the military back home. Then there's the Emmy Award-winning 2007 film "Red Tail Reborn," which is narrated by "Star Trek" actor Michael Dorn and looks at both the history and a modern project to restore and maintain a P-51C Mustang, which is the plane flown by the Tuskegee pilots. Due to its success, there's a very short sequel titled "Flight of the Red Tail." Check out a trailer for the original film:
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