For France and Civilization

The romance of the French Foreign Legion was taken aloft by pilots of the Lafayette Escadrille.

Paul Mirat’s gouache painting of World War I aviators includes several members of the Lafayette Escadrille. ( Dan Patterson (Paul Mirat Collection))

Courtney Campbell

Just before a parade honoring the Escadrille by their French comrades, Courtney Campbell put on an impromptu aerobatic display as he returned from a mission. At the top of a loop, his Nieuport's lower left wing tore away at the root and fluttered away. Campbell was somehow able to keep flying and brought his plane in for a safe landing in a beet field.

About Paul Glenshaw

Paul Glenshaw is a frequent Air & Space contributor who writes from Silver Spring, Maryland. He created education programs for the Wright Experience and Discovery of Flight foundation, and is the co-writer and co-director of the documentary The Lafayette Escadrille.

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