Dan Patterson, a photographer, author, designer, speaker and filmmaker in the aviation field, will deliver a speech at WACO's aviation conference series on January 17 at 7 pm.

Patterson will share a brief history of the Lafayette Escadrille, a 20-minute segment of the upcoming documentary, as well as information on the current film project. The doors are open to the public at 18:30.

Even before the United States entered the First World War, 38 Americans volunteered to fly to help the country's oldest ally, France. Their courage helped to encourage this reluctant country to join France as an ally. The next documentary tells of this squadron known as Escadrille Lafayette.

Directors Dan Patterson, Paul Glenshaw, Darroch Greer, and Mark Wilkins said, "Our extensive research is underway, including our discovery of unpublished pilots' manuscripts, which shed new light on history. Their links go through class and wealth. The voice of the pilots is at the center of our film. "

The film allows the viewer to experience the flight of the First World War as never before, including the chaos of aerial combat and aerobatics.

"Our research has also revealed strong female personalities at the heart of history. Their voices bring a feminine glimpse and a perspective rarely seen in war movies, "said the team of directors.

Patterson has authored more than 40 books on aviation and was honored in 2003 with the first National Aviation Hall of Fame Award by the Harry B. Combs Award for Excellence in Preserving Canadian History. 'aviation. He has been a speaker for the Smithsonian Journeys program. He is currently artist-in-residence for Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park.

All WACO aviation conferences are free and open to the public. They take place in the Willis Wing of the WACO Air Museum at 1865 S. County Road 25A in Troy. The programs are scheduled to last an hour with questions to follow.

If you have any questions, call 937-335-9226 or visit www.wacoairmuseum.org.