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Inside Marine One: Flying the World's Most Amazing Helicopter

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  65 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published May 27th 2014 by St. Martin's Press
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Cheryl
Col. Ray "Frenchy" L'Heureux is a really cool person. Not that I know him personally but I feel like I did get to know him in this book. I would want to hang out with him. This book gave the right mixture of the past with Col. Ray’s childhood and how he joined the military with the present and his job as a helicopter pilot for Marine One.

While Col. Ray does a good job of not getting into politics and where he stands, which I can only imagine would be tricky to maneuver around when you have a di
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Kellie Poulin leibovitz
I really enjoyed this book. I would give it a five star rating but there were a few parts that really lost my interest but overall the book was very interesting. It is always so inspiring to read about someone who had a dream as a child and worked hard to make it become reality. I never really had a dream as a child and am 44 years old and have nothing to show for it. But stories like these really raise my spirits that anything is possible with hard work. I also admire the authors wife as it see ...more
P.e.
Here is a book about the life of Ray L Heureux, who always wanted to be a pilot. He describes the plan of action he chose to become one and how that decision lead him to the Marines. Once he graduated from college he needed to fulfill his comment to the Marines and he became a helicopter pilot. When he did he never thought that one day he would be working at Marine One, flying the President. He talks about how he worked up through the ranks and that when he made Captain he started to hear about ...more
Laura
Ordinarily, this would not be the type of book I would choose off the shelf. However, the author's parents and my own are good friends who go back more than 50 years. The first chapter about the house in Salem brought back some very fond childhood memories. I'm the same age as Ray's older sister; never in a million years would I have imagined that little kid (or anybody else I knew, for that matter) having such a distinguished career. I had heard bits & pieces from my parents over the years, ...more
Dana
I won this through Goodreads. If you've ever been to Washington D.C., you know that throughout the day the Marine One chopper frequently fliesoverhead.For me and my husband, it was a constant challenge to get a picture of it as we toured the city, but we finally did! I'm drawn to memoirs by people holdinginteresting jobs, and picked up "Inside Marine One" to read about Colonel Ray "Frenchy"L'Heureux's experience ferrying fourPresidents around the country.

This direct and simple writing easily tol
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Dan Curnutt
Colonel Ray "Frenchy" L'Heureux gives us a wonderful story about his role as a Marine Helicopter Pilot who gets to fly The President of the United States in Marine One. The read is quick and highly interesting. There is plenty of detail and plenty of personal human interest to go along with the technical.

The book actually has four stories, although I'm not sure that was the intention. They are all interwoven together to form one unique biography of a Marine Colonel.

First Part: How a young boy ge
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Charles Isom
An excellent, insightful book into the world famous helicopter. I was especially taken by how forth right the author was, explaining how his enlistment wasn't so much a sense of duty but because it would allow him to fly. From that college student to an ardent marine was the best part of the story. While I liked the description of what it takes to fly the President, there was too much "I can't tell you" going on. Also, while the mission is to make sure everything goes smoothly, there was little ...more
Ryan
**I received this book as part of Goodreads' FirstReads giveaway.**

I found this book to be fun and entertaining. As the description states, the book follows the early life and career of former Marine One pilot and HMX-1 commander Col. Ray "Frenchy" L'Heureux. A large chunk of the book details the Frenchy's Marine career, though there is a brief section regarding his childhood and college education that provides background into his interest in aviation. I really enjoy reading books about military
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Katherine Wacker
Inside Marine One: Four U.S. Presidents, One Proud Marine, and the World's Most Amazing Helicopter is the story of a boy whose love for flight took him all the way to Commander of the fleet of helicopters serving the Presidents of the United States. Colonel Ray “Frenchy” L’ Heureux chronicles his life from his boyhood days of making model airplanes to his interaction with the most powerful people in the world. Because of lack of money for flight school, L’Heureux joined the Marines where he deci ...more
Ann
What a wonderful book about the people who fly, maintain and schedule the helicopter that flies the President and his family. The author, Ray L'Heureux, known as the Frenchman, details his early life and of joining the Marines. He tells stories of flights with 4 different Presidents, Bush 41, Clinton, George W Bush and Obama. He highlights the years with President George W. Bush. One doesn't realize the number of people needed to keep the unit maintained and flying. A great read for anyone inter ...more
Rachael
The story of a young man with a dream to fly. His dream began when he was about seven years old watching planes come and go from Logan's Airport. His room was covered with pictures of his heroes- Chuck Yeager, Amelia Armstrong as well as astronauts. He put together model airplanes in his free time as a child. He took great pains to cover every detail. His love for flight was growing. He took his first flight ,complements of his mom winning a raffle, in a piper Cherokee. He knew this was what he ...more
Sally
This was an interesting book giving an inside view of what it's like to fly the president, 4 really, and their families. I wasn't aware there was so much training involved for this and that only the most elite get there. Not only that, but to learn a bit more about the president's personalities was great too. Having seen the presidential helicopter fly over Washington, D.C. several time was always so fun to see and the book certainly brought it all alive for me.
Mike  Davis
More of a memoir than an autobiography, Colonel L'Heureux tells of his ascendency to the helm of the elite MHX-1 squadron responsible for the coordination of transportation for the President of the United States in Marine Helicopter One and his special relationship with former President George W. Bush. Written in a "gee whiz" manner with the utmost respect for his responsibilities and command, L'Heureux typifies the mission objectives of the Marine Corps. I was hoping, perhaps, for a bit more de ...more
Justina Spencer
This book would be a great book for any young person who is thinking of joining the military. The reading level is not very advanced so even junior high aged kids could read it. Although I don't think the book has the greatest organization (it kind of jumps from story to story) it does give a lot of details about flying and what it takes to be the commander of Marine One. What surprised me the most was the friendly relationship between the author and Geroge W. Bush. I enjoyed the stories about t ...more
Jeanne
Nauseating: a love letter to George W Bush. Who knew?
Leslie
Nice man with an interesting life. I found the telling, even with pictures, dull.
CL (www.loveisastateofmind.net)
Received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

This book gives a unique insight into the life of a Marine responsible for flying the President. You get to glimpse into his personal life, but also the personal life of the Presidents he served.

The helicopter jargon was a bit much for me, but is to be expected. I would have liked a couple of photos.
Ron Frampton
THIS IS A VERY INTERESTING STORY OF A PILOT OF MARINE ONE. THE TELLING OF HIS YOUTH AND WHAT IT TOOK TO GET HIM TO BE THE PILOT OF FOUR DIFFERENT PRESIDENTS.THIS WAS A HIGHLY ENJOYABLE BOOK.
Kaite
I won a free copy from the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway Program and think that it interesting. I would recommend it to everyone.
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