Tom Cruise, Rob Riggle, Tim Allen and More Honor the Tuskegee Airmen in ‘A Salute to Our Heroes’ Special

by Jonathan Howard

The American Veterans Center along with stars Tom Cruise, Rob Riggle, and Tim Allen are presenting a special Veterans Day event on the Tuskegee Airmen. Back on November 6, syndicated audiences across the major networks got a chance to catch the special. It is now being shown through the Armed Forces Network for servicemembers.

For those that don’t know, Riggle is a veteran of the United States Marine Corp. He will take hosting duties. The special, American Valor: A Salute to Our Heroes, is a tribute to those brave veterans that served. From WWII to the present day, viewers will get a look at how regular citizens became heroes in their sacrifices.

There is a big list of stars involved with the special. Tom Cruise is joined by Tim Allen, Jessica Chastain, Jamie Lee Curtis, Mark Hamill, and more. Cruise will narrate the segment, The Tuskegee Top Guns. Of course, the Tuskegee Airmen hold a special place in the history of the United States military.

The group of airmen was the first African American group of aviators to serve in the armed forces. The all-Black group of pilots were trained at the Tuskegee Army Air Fields and taught at the Tuskegee Institute, now University. During their service, the group earned their nickname, “Red Tails.” After their service, the airmen were not treated with the respect they deserved due to discrimination.

However, in years since, many have tried to honor the group. There have been books written both academic and casual reading. Of course, the group has been immortalized in film as well. Now, with this special featuring Tom Cruise, the group will be honored once more. That includes two living members, Col. James Havey III and Col. Harry Stewart.

Tom Cruise Learns to Fly WWII-Era Plane

The choice to pair Tom Cruise up with this segment makes sense. In the next Mission: Impossible film, Cruise has a special task ahead of him. It includes learning to fly a WWII-Era plane. The actor is known for his stunts and this latest one sounds like a lot of work. While it isn’t exactly rocket science, it is a “highly skilled task” according to a source connected to the film.

So, Cruise is living out what servicemen of the past did, at least when it comes to learning to fly. While he won’t see any real combat, we are excited to see what happens with the plane in the movie. Though it is a dangerous stunt to do himself, Cruise is all about it. He has hung from a plane during takeoff, climbed the world’s tallest building in Dubai and so much more. Now, he takes to the air for his latest and perhaps greatest stunt achievement yet.