Great Bookends For The Locher Rescue

If you want to hear first-person accounts of the mission to rescue Roger Locher from North Vietnam, you’ll want to listen to these two interviews. The first is with ace Brigadier General Steve Ritchie, and the second is with Brigadier General Dale Stovall.

For more exciting and inspirational interviews, please visit the Ready For Takeoff podcast.

100 Years Ago Today

lafayette escadrille
The Escadrille Americaine was established 100 years ago today, March 20, 1916. The Lafayette Escadrille Memorial located just outside Paris (shown above) honors the 68 American pilots who died flying for the French during the First World War.

The top Escadrille pilot, Raoul Lufbery, shot down 17 enemy planes between July 1916 and December 1917, when he joined the U.S. Army Sir Service.