When: Tue., March 29, 7 p.m. 2016
The Tuskegee Airmen fought on two fronts during World War II: They took on the Nazis in the skies over Europe and North Africa, even while battling America's racism. As the first fighter group comprised entirely of black combat pilots in U.S. history, the men of Tuskegee had a lot to prove to the segregated army air corps — so they became the best unit in the sky. The Red Tails (named for the distinctive red paint scheme on their P-51 Mustang fighter planes) flew more than 1,500 missions as bomber escorts and boasted of never losing a bomber under their care — they may have had a few shot down, but before long white pilots were requesting the 332nd unit for protection. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Tuskegee Airmen. To mark the occasion, Fathom Events presents the special documentary film In Their Own Words: The Tuskegee Airmen at 7 p.m. at Wehrenberg Ronnies 20 Cine (5320 South Lindbergh Boulevard; www.fathomevents.com). The film features sixteen airmen, including Lt. Col. George Hardy, and uses first-person accounts, archival footage and GCI recreations to honor their achievements. Tickets are $14.