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))


(Dan Patterson)

Nancy Hall Rutgers (shown here with her husband Nick) is the daughter of James Norman Hall, an original Escadrille pilot and author of Mutiny on the Bounty. She commissioned this replica SPAD XIII to be built for the Vintage Aero Flying Museum in Colorado and painted in her father’s squadron colors.

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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