An inside look at Marine One and its most famous, and important, passenger—the president of the United States—from the man who flew the world’s most famous helicopter
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
twelve, 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 toward 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 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 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. Download and start listening now!