Ray L'Heureux
U.S. Marine Corps, President's Helicopter Pilot

Colonel Ray “Frenchy” L’Heureux joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1980.  In 1991, he joined Marine Helicopter Squadron One, HMX-1, flying Presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton. In 2006, he became Commanding Officer of HMX-1, becoming the personal helicopter pilot for the last two years of President G.W. Bush and the first 6 months of President Obama’s administration.


It was during the 2 years serving President G.W. Bush that an unlikely friendship evolved via a love for mountain biking. Or as the President said it… “he’s my mountain biking buddy”


From that experience, Colonel Ray L’Heureux has been invited to speak in front of many groups representing the public and private sectors. His book was highlighted on Fox and Friends where he was a guest earlier this year.

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Inside Marine OneFour U.S. Presidents, One Proud Marine, and the World's Most Amazing Helicopter
St. Martin's Press

A personal guided tour inside the world's most famous helicopter by a man who knows that flying machine better than any other. Inside Marine One is a great American success story of a young boy who dreamed big, worked hard and finally flew the President of the United States as his number one passenger.

Inside Marine One Ray’s inspiring story of a young man who dreamed of flying, then trained, studied, and worked hard to become the pilot who ended up serving four US Presidents. It is a personal guided tour inside the world’s most famous helicopter; an American success story of a young boy who aimed high and ended up flying the President of the United States as his number one passenger; a tale of the leadership principles and devotion it takes to lead an 850 man global mission that remains zero fail.

Ray L’Heureux sits down for an interview with The Modern Honolulu

The History Reader asks Ray L’Heureux about his experience piloting Marine One

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