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

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  161 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published May 27th 2014 by St. Martin's Press
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Quite an enjoyable and enlightening memoir. It's accessibly readable; not overly laced with military jargon, nor vainly egalitarian. L'Heureux uses straightforward, conversational language that comes across as humble yet appropriately proud in regards to service, country, responsibility, precision, and leadership. Though, as one might expect with military related memoirs, there are a few expletives dotting the landscape.

In a nutshell, this book gives 'civilians' a look into the world famous "Ma
Fredrick Danysh
Jul 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: us-marines, history
Retired Marine Colonel L'Heureux writes of his career in the Corps, especially his two tours with HMX-1, the presidential helicopter squadron. His second tour was as commanding officer . Overall he was involved in the transport of four presidents and gives some human insights into each especially Bush 43.
May 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
May 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Dan Curnutt
Mar 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
P.e. lolo
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Katherine Wacker
May 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
**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
Jun 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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 flies overhead. 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 holding interesting jobs, and picked up "Inside Marine One" to read about Colonel Ray "Frenchy" L'Heureux's experience ferrying four Presidents around the country.

This direct and simple writing easil
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
May 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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
Charles Isom
Jul 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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
May 29, 2014 rated it liked it
A very easy and pretty engaging read especially if you are an aviation enthusiast. I enjoyed the book and liked the behind the scenes stories as well. However this book is in desperate need of editing. Page 5: it should be 'could have' not 'could of.' Then the trip across Europe gets the geography wrong. You fly west from Germany to Holland, then Belgium ((NOT DENMARK)) and on to France. Denmark is in the opposite direction of that route. I don't think these errors are Col. Frenchy's fault but t ...more
Denise Morse
Mar 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book more than expected. I thought it was a very interesting inside look at the career of a Marine who made it to the top and flew the President. I truly enjoyed learning about the planning and orchestration that goes into these flights. I also enjoyed hearing about his personal experiences with President Bush. My only criticism is that there is absolutely none in this book, it is an entirely positive book with not one negative word said; felt like maybe something was poten ...more
Jul 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those who appreciate our military and the inner workings of Washington, DC.
I saw this book in several gifts shops during my family's recent trip to Washington, DC. I enjoyed this memoir written by former Marine One pilot Col. Ray "Frenchy" L'Heureux. He takes the reader from his childhood dream of flying to the pinnacle of his flying career as the pilot of the world's most famous helicopter. As much as he is able, the author gives a behind-the-scenes look at the awesome task of transporting the President. Throughout the book I appreciated L'Heureux's reverent humility ...more
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
May 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
What an enjoyable book! I can honestly say that I knew nothing about the intricacies of flying the president's helicopter but this memoir provided some fascinating insights. I loved the mixture of military procedures and the human side of everyone involved. It was a fascinating glimpse at a very specialized career.
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.
May 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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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