Our team has extensive experience in aviation history storytelling across multiple disciplines: as filmmakers, writers, lecturers, model builders, photographers, and exhibit curators and designers. We have the full endorsement of the US WWI Centennial Commission and the French Mission Centenaire. Our Advisory Board is an outstanding group of Escadrille family members, historians, and WWI Commission members, former US Air Force Chiefs of Staff.
We are on pace with our budget and production calendar. We simply need the funds in order to bring this story to life during the Centennial. It is the perfect time to remind the world of this story.
Meet the team:
Paul Glenshaw’s aviation storytelling covers a wide range of media. He is a regular contributor to the Smithsonian’s Air & Space magazine and was co-writer and producer of the PBS documentary Barnstorming. He is the author of To Swing Through the Sky, a theatrical concert commissioned and produced by George Mason University about the twin histories of jazz and powered flight. He is an exhibit curator/producer for museums, and is a longtime STEM educator. He was a member of the Wright Experience team during the Centennial of Flight in 2003. Paul is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, with a first career in art museums. He is practicing artist and a drawing instructor for the Smithsonian Associates.
Darroch Greer is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, writer and historical researcher. He’s researched, written, produced and directed films on American history, world history, natural history and popular culture for PBS, TCM, Discovery, History, TBS and VH1. Most recently Darroch wrote and co-directed The Millionaires’ Unit, an award-winning, two-hour documentary on World War One aviation filmed in five countries. In the museum and themed entertainment worlds, Darroch worked as the researcher and a writer on the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the Atturaif Living History Museum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and on theme parks and guest experiences in Korea, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Jordan, Pennsylvania and Chicago.
Dan Patterson lives and works as a photographer and graphic designer from Dayton, Ohio. He has published nearly 40 books on aviation’s rich history. Named as the First recipient of the Harry B. Combs Award for Excellence in the Preservation of American Aviation History in 2003, by the National Aviation Hall of Fame. Dan is a Smithsonian Lecturer for the Smithsonian Journeys Programs.
Mark C. Wilkins is an historian, writer, and museum professional. He has been director & curator of both the Cape Cod Maritime Museum and The Atwood House Museum (Chatham Historical Society), and has worked for the Smithsonian & Mystic Seaport. He is a published author of books and articles relating to maritime and aviation history. He has a master’s degree in history from Harvard University, and is currently working on several books relating to WWI aviation. He is a master model maker, and is serving as historical consultant and producer of aerial effects for the LE doc.
Brad Ball — Theatrical Marketing Advisor
Geoffrey Chapman — Nephew of Victor Chapman
Gene DeMarco — Production Manager and Test Pilot, The Vintage Aviator, Ltd.
Guillaume de Ramel — Great-grandnephew of Norman Prince
Jerry L. Hester — Chairman, Lafayette Escadrille Working Group; U.S. WWI Centennial Commissioner
Raoul Lufbery III — Grandnephew of Raoul Lufbery
General Merrill McPeak — 14th Chief of Staff, USAF (ret);
Chairman, American Battle Monuments Commission
General T. Michael Moseley — 18th Chief of Staff, USAF (Ret)
Dr. Matthew C. Naylor — President & CEO of the National WWI Museum; U.S. WWI Centennial Commissioner
Michael J. O’Neal — President, League of WW1 Aviation Historians
Andy Parks — President and Executive Director,
Vintage Aero Flying Museum and Lafayette Foundation
Steven Ruffin — Author, The Lafayette Escadrille
Dr. Monique Brouillet Seefried — U.S. WWI Centennial Commissioner
William Thaw Whitney, Jr.— Cousin of WIlliam Thaw