War Thunder’s Raining Fire update adds the Tuskegee Airmen’s historical planes

The Tuskegee Airmen should need no introduction, especially to Americans: They were the first Black pilots to serve in what eventually became the US Air Force throughout World War II. The aviators have been feted in films, remembered in museums, and even honored with postage stamps. Now, they’re getting their due in an MMO thanks to War Thunder and the addition of several of their historical planes.

“The ‘Raining Fire’ Content Update brings the P-51C variant of the P-51 Mustang that was used by the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American military aviators in the United States Armed Forces. They trained at Tuskegee, Alabama and bravely fought to free Italy and the whole of Europe from nazism during World War II. The Tuskegee Airmen’s aircraft had the distinctive ‘Red Tails’ camouflage that is carefully recreated in War Thunder to acknowledge the plane, its history and the 79th anniversary of the first solo flight of an African-American officer that was performed on September 2, 1941 by CPT Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. There are also a couple more interesting WW2-era planes that American aviation fans have been asking about for a long time. The US P-47D-22 RE and the British Thunderbolt Mk.I. are the earlier models of the Thunderbolt. They distinguish themselves from the familiar later models with their signature ‘Razorback’ design – the original design of the P-47 prior to the introduction of the bubble canopy with the D-25 variant.”

There’s more to the update too, including the SEPECAT Jaguar, a “supersonic attack aircraft jointly developed by the UK and France in the 1960s,” and the new models for the Soviet Т-72 tank.

Source: Press release, official site

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Fred Douglas

It’s unfortunate national upheaval is required for them to include one of the more famous outfits in the war, but still, it’s good to see them included.