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George Lucas loses $60 million on Red Tails


George Lucas claimed Red Tails was a ground breaking new movie about race that “white Hollywood” didn’t want him to make. In fact, it was actually just a remake of a movie from the 1995.

The movie is about the mother of all Black History myths, the Tuskegee Airmen. Instead of simply being happy that black pilots got to fly missions in WWII, condescending white liberals have created a fantastical mythology where black pilots were superior to white pilots. The hoax keeps getting debunked by real historians, but the white liberals dutifully re-invent the myth every few years.

Lucas couldn’t find anyone else who wanted to invest in a remake of a 17-year-old movie that was based on a hoax. So Lucas financed the movie by himself.

Forbes magazine is reporting that George Lucas has lost an estimated $60 million. Forbes called the movie a “vanity project” that was a “nearly unwatchable film with terrible acting and production values.”

The reality is the Tuskegee Airmen was a project of some Congressmen who thought the pilots would become positive role models for the black community. The first mission that they were used was over a small Italian Island. Commanding officers deemed their performance to be poor, prompting a Congressional hearing on whether or not to continue the project. In the end it was decided that providing the black community with male role models was more important than the actual numerical success of the black air units.

The unit that Lucas pretends to depict in Red Tails was given the most advanced planes, better than what the majority of white pilots were flying at the time. Here is the actual records from the US military.

White pilots flying the same planes and the same missions had a victory rate 350% higher than the black pilots.

When you compare the records of fighter groups flying the advanced P-51 planes in the 15th Air Force, we see that white fighter groups scored 2.26 victories for every plane lost. This is 3.5 times the rate of the black fighter group.

In other words, white pilots flying the same planes and the same missions were 350% more effective. Think of this as an investment. Every dollar invested in a black pilots yields $.66, while every dollar invested in a white pilot yields $2.26.

TABLE VII: COMPARISON OF FIFTEENTH AIR FORCE P-51 FIGHTER GROUPS
Fighter Group   Predominant race   Victories per aircraft lost in combat
31st                       White                             2.49
52nd                     White                             2.08
325th                   White                             2.22
332nd                  Black                             0.66 (This is the unit depicted in Red Tails)