Red Tails and Blue Tail

A P51 approaches the beach in Conneaut, OH.

This past weekend I saw the new film “Red Tails” at the movie theater.  The critics have not given it many good reviews, but I enjoyed it.  The film tells the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the group of African American fliers during World War II who proved themselves to be among the best fliers there were.  The title, Red Tails, relates to the paint scheme they chose for the P51 fighters that they received after flying older, slower planes until given more meaningful assignments.

In 2007 and in 2010 I took photos of a D-Day Reenactment that is done in Conneaut, OH every summer.  During the 2007 reenactment I got some fantastic photos of a P51 as it did a simulated strafing of the beach, held by German reenactors prior to the Allied reenactors’ beach landing.

I was sitting high on a bluff overlooking the beach, much like Normandy, which is why they choose to do this reenactment in Conneaut.  At times, I was actually higher than the P51 was.

In Conneaut, the P51 had a blue tail, but it was incredible to see its speed and maneuverability as it buzzed low over the beach with Lake Erie in the background.  In many of the photos, the pilot can clearly be seen as well.

The reenactment is quite a site to see.  I self published a book documenting the 2007 reenactment.  It contains about 40 photos of the event and can be seen and purchased at http://www.blurb.com.   http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/226707   The book would make a great gift for those World War II vets in your life or anyone interested in P51’s, flying, warfare, aircraft, D-Day, or just an overall interest.  Along with the air strafing, it documents the entire invasion from landing to German surrender.

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About Kolman Rosenberg

My interest in photography began as a college newspaper and yearbook photographer during the stormy 1960s and 1970s. I was influenced by many of the great photojournalists and documentary photographers such as W. Eugene Smith, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, Margaret Bourke-White and other black and white photographers of Life Magazine and the earlier Farm Security Administration. Though many of these photographers documented the horrors of war and the plight of poverty, they also showed me the dignity and adaptability of human beings in their desire to prevail.
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2 Responses to Red Tails and Blue Tail

  1. 1222cc says:

    In my opinion, it’s the most beautiful airplane ever made.

    Like

  2. I agree, it really is!

    Like

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