Factual error: Before receiving the North American P-51D Mustangs, the Red Tail squadron was using the Curtiss P-40E Warhawk. The movie shows the Warhawks being able to keep up with the German Bf 109 G-6s quite easily, fighting on even terms. In reality, the Bf 109 G-6 could easily outperform the Warhawk, being able to easily outrun and out-turn the Warhawk. Still, the Bf 109s are no match for the Warhawks.AndrÃ© VinÃcius
Factual error: The German fighters depicted in the film are Messerchmitt Bf 109 G-6s, and every single one of them is using the Rüstsatz VI gun pod, that is, 2 extra 20mm Mg 151 cannons. The Luftwaffe only equipped their Bf 109s with the gun pods when they were going to intercept bombers. In this movie, even on the fighter vs fighter missions, they have these gun pods, which is inaccurate, because the gun pods dramatically reduced the turning performance of the Bf 109s.AndrÃ© VinÃcius
Factual error: Me 262's were armed with 30 mm cannon in the nose, a round penetrating a canopy would leave a hole much larger than was depicted, and being high-explosive, once it detonated inside the cockpit, the pilot was toast. One of the red tails had a number of holes in his canopy.goofyfoot
Factual error: The German fighters in the movie are Bf 109 G-6s, which are armed with 2 13.2mm Mg 131 machine guns and one 20mm Mg 151 cannon, but they are shown equipped with the Rüstsatz VI gun pods in the wings, which are 2 extra Mg 151s. That is a very heavy armament, capable of shooting down even a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress quickly. Still, the Mustangs and Warhawks used by the Red Tails are shown taking lots of hits and still flying with relative ease. The P-51D Mustang and the P-40E Warhawk were indeed quite rugged and damage resistant, but 3 20mm cannons and 2 13.2mm machine guns are more than enough to shoot them down with even a 1 second burst.AndrÃ© VinÃcius
Factual error: When the German fighter ace (called "Pretty Boy" by the Tuskegee Airmen) attacks the B-17s, he says "Brecht ein und zieht die Kämpfer ab!" What he wanted to say is "Break through and distract the fighters" but his choice of words is more like "Break in (as break into) and pull (draw) the fighters off!"
Continuity mistake: The scene shot when Lt. "Lightning" Little first goes to meet Sophia was also shot at the same time as when Capt. "Easy" Julian arrives to tell Sophia of Lightning's death. The jeep is the same jeep, parked in the same exact spot; even the laundry on the line is exactly the same. (00:23:05 - 01:56:00)brianbrown
Continuity mistake: The red tail pilot parachutes into snow, but when shown from above there is no sign of snow.
Join the mailing list
Separate from membership, this is to get updates about mistakes in recent releases. Addresses are not passed on to any third party, and are used solely for direct communication from this site. You can unsubscribe at any time.Check out the mistake & trivia books, on Kindle and in paperback.