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The Tuskegee Airmen Arrive in War Thunder

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Just as they once proudly did in real life, the Tuskeegee Airmen have taken flight in dogfighting game War Thunder via a new update. In the game's new update, called Raining Fire, players can relive the flight paths and heroism of the famous Tuskegee pilots, the first Black pilots to serve in the US Army Air Corps, a precursor to what we call today the US Air Force.

The update arrived this week to coincide with the anniversary of the first solo flight from a Black office in the United States military. It occurred 79 years ago in 1941 during World War II, just months before the United States would be bombed at Pearl Harbor.

Despite serving valiantly,  the Tuskegee fighters faced horrendous racism in the service and even upon returning home to a nation still will to consider even its war heroes to be second-class citizens.

In terms of vehicle additions, the update includes several such as the SEPECAT Jaguar fighter plane, jointly produced by the UK and France, the Soviet T-72 tank, as well as the Tuskegee-famous P-51C fighter plane and the "legendary 'Razorback' versions of the P-47 Thunderbolt fighter plane."

Other new military transports include the Italian heavy cruiser Zara at sea and, in the air, the US P-47D-22 RE and the British Thunderbolt Mk.I among even more. The update is available now on all its platforms. The game is in its eighth year of post-launch support.

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Mark is a Boston native now living in Portland, Oregon. Formerly the Features and Reviews Editor of TrueAchievements, he's been writing online since 2011 and continues to do so as a freelancer today for outlets like GamesRadar, EGM, and even OpenCritic news. Outside of games, he is an avid biker, a loud animal advocate, an HBO binge-watcher, and a lucky family man.