It will never get off the ground…

Posted by on Sep 17, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It will never get off the ground…

As any pilot who’s seen Star Wars producer George Lucas’s new film Red Tails will agree, the real stars are not the highly-paid talent whose names appear on top of the credits but the beautiful warplanes whose action sequences make the film memorable. Most aviators will be familiar with the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the black American pilots who fought for their country in World War Two when they weren’t even allowed to sit in the same restaurant or train carriage as their white countrymen and had to step off the pavement if a white man wished to pass. Red Tails is a dramatised version of the events that surrounded those men, a handful of whom are still alive, but while the cinema goer may thrill to their exploits his heart will surely sink as those beautiful Mustangs and Warhawks are blown to pieces in the interests of the box office. One group who viewed the destruction with a particularly jaundiced eye was Dave Hobson’s crew at Gateguards (UK) Ltd, who lavished care and attention on creating these replicas, which are so good that until you rapped a knuckle on the wing you’d swear they were the real thing.

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