Overdue recognition for the Tuskegee Airmen

January 24, 2012 by Mike Collins

World War II’s Tuskegee Airmen are receiving well-deserved attention this month, following the release of George Lucas’ movie Red Tails. Here’s a short video well worth viewing, produced for the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture.

I had the privilege of working with Patrick Anderson’s video crew while telling the story of Matt and Tina Quy’s original Tuskegee Stearman (see “Honoring the Tuskegee Airmen,” December 2011 AOPA Pilot). The plane is now on display in the National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center, and will move to the National Museum of African American History and Culture when the new museum is finished in 2015.

Yes, I’m the Mike Collins listed in the credits, but all I did was share a camera ship I had arranged. And I may have offered a few tips on air-to-air photography to fellow journalists who’d never done this specialized type of photography that we almost take for granted sometimes. And while I do appear very briefly in the video, I’m confident that has nothing to do with the credit line.

2 Responses to “Overdue recognition for the Tuskegee Airmen”

  1. Cory Owens Says:

    I saw the movie this weekend. It is worth seeing. George Lucas directed it in the Starwars fashion. Great dogfights, lots of action, beautiful countryside. I do believe that the Tuskeegee Airman were by far the best fighter pilots during WWII. They deserve much credit more than they got in the past. I wished the movie told more about the history of the TA in the beginning. But overall was 4 stars by me.

  2. Pilot Salary Says:

    I saw this movie and was totally impressed with the flying skills of the pilots. The dog fighting and seat of the pants flying was very impressive. I completely recommend this movie to any aviation or war enthusiast.

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