The Lafayette Escadrille was an all-volunteer squadron of Americans who flew for France during World War I. One hundred years later, it is still arguably the best-known fighter squadron ever to take to the skies. In this work the entire history of these gallant volunteers who named themselves after the Marquis Lafayette, who came to America s aid during its Revolution is lThe Lafayette Escadrille was an all-volunteer squadron of Americans who flew for France during World War I. One hundred years later, it is still arguably the best-known fighter squadron ever to take to the skies. In this work the entire history of these gallant volunteers who named themselves after the Marquis Lafayette, who came to America s aid during its Revolution is laid out in both text and pictorial form. In time for the centennial celebration, this work not only tells the fascinating story of the Lafayette Escadrille, it shows it.Already a student of the squadron, the author spent a full year sifting through university and museum archives in the United States and France for photographs and documents relating to the famed unit. To complement these images, he traveled extensively, taking snapshots of existing markers and memorials honoring the men of the Lafayette Escadrille. In France, he specifically sought out locations where the squadron operated and its pilots frequented. In several cases, he was able to match his present-day color photos with contemporary images of the same scene, thus creating a jaw-dropping then-and-now comparison. To add even more color, the author included artwork and aircraft profiles by recognized illustrators, along with numerous full-color photographs of artifacts relating to the squadron's men and airplanes, as they are displayed today in various museums in the United States and France.The result is undoubtedly the finest photographic collection of the Lafayette Escadrille to appear in print. Along with the expert text revealing air-combat experiences as well as life at the front during the Great War, it is a never-before-seen visual history that both World War I aviation aficionados and those with a passing interest in history will appreciate."...
|Title||:||The Lafayette Escadrille: A Photo History of the First American Fighter Squadron|
|Number of Pages||:||194 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
|Last checked||:||21 Minutes ago!|
The Lafayette Escadrille: A Photo History of the First American Fighter Squadron Reviews
Great book about the beginnings of aviation and a hard core group of 38 US aviators who flew for the French during WWI. The many sources used add to it's credibility. There are multiple photos, inserted at just the right place to enhance readability. Many of the photos contrast in 2014 one hundred years after the war, with vintage images done during the war--nicely done. The book talks about pilots, not support crew nor much about leadership. A couple of guys became really famous in their time and the story follows thorough with everybody's lives; some good, some not so much. I found the book at Washington and Lee college book store. It's a super read for anyone interested in aviation and airmen.
It's really a 4 1/2 star book. It is an excellent review of the pilots of the Lafayette Escadrille. The stories and individual short biographies are great reads.