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Washington's character refers to his dad's Army Air Force unit as the "332nd Airborne." He adds that they were also known as the Tuskegee Airmen. While the latter is correct, that was actually the 332nd Fighter Group. They were not an "airborne" unit. Airborne units were paratroopers, not fighter pilots. The 332nd, with its four squadrons, was the only black fighter group in the segregated U.S. Army Air Force in World War II.

Mistakes in Oscar-nominated movies

Films struggle to get every last detail right, but even those creating these Oscar-nominated masterpieces can miss a Rolex or two in a period piece.