The Lafayette Escadrille: The American Volunteers who Flew for France in WWI

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War Documentary hosted by Darroch Greer, published by PBS in 2021 - English narration

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Filmed in the skies above France and the United States, The Lafayette Escadrille tells the story of the American volunteers who flew and fought for France in World War 1, becoming the founding squadron of American combat aviation. The Lafayette Escadrille was an American volunteer fighter squadron flying for France before America joined World War One. It is an all-true, character driven story of a disparate group of idealistic young men risking their lives for the ideals of France and civilization. Through archival footage and stunning photography of the places where the pilots trained, flew, fought and died, the documentary gives the viewer a thrilling and visceral experience of the early days of combat aviation. Never-before-seen photographs, letters and memoirs tell the only American story that covers the entire scope of WWI along the Western Front, from fighting in the trenches and driving ambulances to flying single-seat fighters. The sacrifices made by the men of the Lafayette Escadrille strengthened the historic bond between the sister republics of the United States and France as they laid the foundation of American combat aviation and the U.S. Air Force. Written, Directed and Produced by Darroch Greer and Paul Glenshaw ; A Humanus Documentary Films Foundation Production for WPTD / Think TV American Public Television

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Discover Americans' engagement with France during the "Belle Epoque" and the activities of several future members of the Lafayette Escadrille in Paris in the summer of 1914. Follow the squadron on its first flights through the early development of aeroplanes and techniques of aerial combat, both of which were still in a fairly embryonic stage.

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The Escadrille is sent as escorts on an ambitious bombing scoring victories over German aircraft in the mission’s dogfights, but tragically losing one of the founders of the squadron in a crash as he lands in the dark. The disillusioned squadron is still trying to become an effective fighting force as they move from base to base up and down the Western Front.

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Audio Bitrate: 157 kb/s VBR 48.0 kHz
Audio Streams: 2
Audio Languages: english
RunTime Per Part: 53 min 54 s - 56 min 37 s
Number Of Parts: 2
Part Size: 1.64 GB
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  • Video Aspect Ratio: 16:9
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  • Audio Codec: HE-AAC (Apple)
  • Audio Bitrate: 64Kbps CVBR 48KHz (112Kbps peak)
  • Audio Channels: 2
  • Audio Gain: 2dB
  • Run-Time: 103 mins
  • Number Of Parts: 1
  • Part Size: 899 MB
  • Source: PDTV (576i/mpeg2)
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