In 1914, ‘The Great War’ – WWI – began in Europe. By 1917, the Allied powers of France, England, Italy and others were on the ropes against the German juggernaut.
While millions of young men were dying overseas, arguing that the freedom of others was none of its business, America chose…at first…not to fight.
Some altruistic young Americans disagreed. They volunteered to fight alongside their counterparts in France; some in the infantry, some in the Ambulance Corps. A handful of others had a different idea: they decided to learn how to fly. These were the Flyboys (check out the Widescreen Edition).
The first of them – a squadron of only 38 – became known as the Lafayette Escadrille. Fighting a war that wasn’t theirs, these young, naive adventure-seekers slowly learn the true meaning of love, brotherhood, heroism, courage and tolerance and, in return, gain a true reason to risk their lives.