The Lafayette Escadrille is a brand-new feature-length documentary about the founding squadron of American combat aviation. The filmmakers are offering a behind-the-scenes sneak preview of the film prior to this live webinar where the filmmakers will describe their process of creating this historical film. The webinar will feature the squadron’s strong ties to Hawaii through the WWI pilots’ Hawai’ian families. Featured speakers will include Congressman Ed Case and Lt Colonel Nicholas Rutgers.
James Rogers McConnell was one of the founding members of the Lafayette Escadrille. His uncle is an ancestor of the Case family in Hawaii, including Congressman Ed Case and America-On-Line (AOL) founder Steve McConnell Case.
James Norman Hall was a renowned member of the Escadrille and co-author of the Mutiny on the Bounty trilogy. His great grandson, Lieutenant Colonel Nicholas Rutgers, grew up in Hawaii. Lt.Col Rutgers now commands an F-15 squadron for the Oregon Air National Guard and continues a four-generation tradition of combat pilots within the family.