Colonel Ray "Frenchy" L'Heureux always dreamed of being a pilot. Growing up, he built airplane models and dreamed about soaring over the Earth. When he was 12, his mom treated him to a flying lesson at the local airfield. Taken on a short flight by an instructor and allowed to operate the controls for part of the flight, he was hooked forever. It wasn't until he was running low on college funds and saw a recruiter at his college that he joined the Marines and began the journey towards his dream from Parris Island to Bravo Company, and then officer training school. One day at an airfield when President Reagan landed on his way to a fundraiser, Frenchy's life changed forever when he encountered HMX1, the squadron that flies the President in Marine One. When he saw the white-topped Sea King and White Hawk helicopters, he was determined to become part of that elite group. Inside Marine One is Colonel L'Heureux's inspiring story of a young man who dreamed of flying, trained, studied, and worked hard to become the pilot who ended up serving four US Presidents - George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama. It's also a personal guided tour inside the world's most famous helicopter by a man who knows that flying machine better than any other. Inside Marine One is a great American success story of a young boy who dreamed big, worked hard, and finally flew the President of the United States as his number one passenger.
©2014 Colonel Ray L’Heureux with Lee Kelley (P)2014 Tantor
Yes, good perspective from the inside source. Learned a lot about the helicopter and the people that transport the president
Hearing about the different helicopter types used and mission specific details (as much as could be told).
Cross country mission, details during missions that wer given
Marine 1: Behind the Glass
Proves you can write a very interesting book about a subject that is usually censored for Top Secret reasons. Frenchman was able to bring in the reader in and tell the story about a world that is closed off to most without exposing any secrets about the operations. Well done. He needs to tell Col. Tillman to write his version now.
Great book I was attached to HMX-1 after Colonal L'Heureux's first tour and left before his return. It is a great inside of how much goes into a presidential lift. I was a phrog chrewchief that was cleared and turned in to a VH-3D crewchief. It brings back a lot of great memories with the great people who made that big green machine turn. As he explains how he felt around President Bush is how us young enlisted Marines felt when our CO would take time out of his busy day and tell us what a great job we were doing. Will recommend to all my friends and family. Thank You sir for writing this book.
Not sure if time well spent in the end but saw it through...it just didn't seem to go deep enough about the events and times.
some of the technical stuff was OK , too much about Bush jnr.....
yes, though accent became tiring after awhile.
not sure if would read it again...
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