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Lafayette Escadrille Memorial 100th anniversary ceremony

PARIS – A World War I-era Stearman PT-17 biplane flies over the Lafayette Escadrille Memorial in Marnes-la-Coquette, France, April 20, 2016, during a ceremony honoring the 268 Americans who joined the French Air Force before the U.S. officially engaged in World War I. In addition to the Stearman, four U.S. Air Force fifth generation F-22 Raptor fighters, a B-52 Stratofortress bomber, three FAF Mirage 2000Ns and one FAF Rafale performed flyovers during the ceremony commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Layfette Escadrille’s formation. Men of the Lafayette Escadrille and Lafayette Flying Crops were critical to the formation of the USAF. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua DeMotts/Released)

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