The Tuskegee Airmen (1995). The story of the ‘fighting 99th’–the first squadron of African American U.S. Army Air Corps fighter pilots in WWII. The ‘fighting 99th’ was the first squadron of African-American U.S. Army Air Corps combat fighter pilots in WWII. When they began training, few, if any, in the Army wanted them there. They had to prove that they were stronger, tougher, smarter and better fliers than most white pilots. Laurence Fishburne stars in this thrilling HBO Original Movie.