Henry H. Arnold From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (Redirected from Hap Arnold)

Henry H. Arnold From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Redirected from Hap Arnold)  

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Henry H. Arnold

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia  (Redirected from Hap Arnold)

General of the Air Force
General of the Army
Henry H. Arnold
General Henry H. Arnold
Birth nameHenry Harley Arnold
BornJune 25, 1886
Gladwyne, Pennsylvania
DiedJanuary 15, 1950 (aged 63)
Sonoma, California
Place of burialArlington National Cemetery
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch Infantry, United States Army
 Aeronautical Division, Signal Corps
 Aviation Section, Signal Corps
 Air Service, United States Army
 United States Army Air Corps
 United States Army Air Forces
 United States Air Force
Rank General of the Air Force
 General of the Army
Service numberO-2255
Commands held U.S. Army Air ForcesTwentieth Air Force
1st Wing, GHQ Air Force
Battles/warsWorld War I
World War II
AwardsArmy Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Distinguished Flying Cross
Air Medal

Henry Harley “Hap” Arnold (June 25, 1886 – January 15, 1950) was an American general officer holding the grades of General of the Army and General of the Air Force. Arnold was an aviation pioneer, Chief of the Air Corps (1938–1941), Commanding General of the U.S. Army Air Forces, the only U.S. Air Force general to hold five-star rank, and the only officer to hold a five-star rank in two different U.S. military services.[1]Arnold was also the founder of Project RAND, which evolved into one of the world’s largest non-profit global policy think tanks, the RAND Corporation, and one of the founders of Pan American World Airways.

Instructed in flying by the Wright Brothers, Arnold was one of the first military pilots worldwide, and one of the first three rated pilots in the history of the United States Air Force.[nb 1] He overcame a fear of flying that resulted from his experiences with early flight, supervised the expansion of the Air Service during World War I, and became a protégé of Gen. Billy Mitchell.

Arnold rose to command the Army Air Forces immediately prior to American entry into World War II and directed its hundred-fold expansion from an organization of little more than 20,000 men and 800 first-line combat aircraft into the largest and most powerful air force in the world. An advocate of technological research and development, his tenure saw the development of the intercontinental bomber, the jet fighter, the extensive use of radar, global airlift an

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