Packard LePere

Packard LePere was the name of a venture between the Packard car company and a U.S. Army Captain, Georges LePere, to design a combat-worthy American aircraft during World War I.  The resulting plane, intended to be what we would now call a multi-role aircraft able to serve as fighter, bomber or observation plane, was called the LUSAC 11.  Only 28 were built before the end of the war.  The sole survivor, displayed at the National Museum of the USAF, made it to France before the war’s end and ended up with France’s Musee Air et Espace until it was acquired in 1989 by the USAF and restored for display.  It wears its own original markings from its period in Orly, France, in 1918.