Eleven aerospace industry companies kicked off the Paris International Air Show Saturday with a fundraising event to benefit the Lafayette Escadrille Memorial Foundation. The Lafayette Escadrille was a unit of the French Air Service comprised largely of American pilots who fought alongside the French during World War I. A wreath laying ceremony honored those who served, followed by a tour of the catacombs beneath the monument.
Central Arch of Triumph at Lafayette Escadrille Memorial
Guests included Sen. Daniel Inouye, Sen. Thad Cochran, and Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley.
Distinguished Guests Honor Lafayette Escadrille Pilots
Contributing companies were BAE Systems, Boeing, DRS Technologies, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, General Electric, Goodrich, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Rolls-Royce and United Technologies.