The Lafayette Escadrille

A Photo History of the First American Fighter Squadron
Author(s): Steven A. Ruffin
Original Publish Date: May 19, 2016
Product Number: EB00802696
Released: Jan 24, 2020
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781612003511
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"A fresh look at the 38 Americans in the Escadrille Americaine . . . a finely-researched, well-written and well-illustrated book. It is recommended highly" (Over the Front). The Lafayette Escadrille was an all-volunteer squadron of Americans who flew for France during World War I, 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 de Lafayette, who came to America's aid during its revolution—is laid out in both text and pictorial form. Along with archival photographs and documents, current snapshots of existing markers and memorials honoring the Lafayette Escadrille were taken by the author in France. In several cases, he was able to match his present-day color photos with older 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 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. "This magnificent book probably provides everything needed by someone wishing to learn about this famous fighting unit." —Cross and Cockade "When it comes to describing aerial combat in all its bloody fury, [Ruffin] excels." —Air and Space Magazine

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