Lieutenant Henry H. "Hap" Arnold in Wright B Airplane, College Park, Maryland, 1911.  Hap Arnold was one of the truly great men in American airpower.   Born on June 25, 1886, in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania, Henry ?Hap? Arnold graduated from West Point in 1907 and was commissioned in the infantry. In April 1911 he transferred to the aeronautical division of the Signal Corps. In June of that year he received his pilot's certificate after taking instruction from Orville Wright in Dayton, Ohio. For nearly a year he was an instructor at   the Army's first aviation school at College Park, Maryland.   He rose steadily in rank and responsibility throughout the 1920s and 30s and became the commanding general of the Army Air Forces (AAF) during World War II. On December 15, 1944, Arnold was promoted to the five star supergrade "General of the Army." General Arnold retired in February 1946.  General Arnold died on January 15, 1950..Credit: U.S. Air Force via CNP
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Lieutenant Henry H. "Hap" Arnold in Wright B Airplane, College Park, Maryland, 1911. Hap Arnold was one of the truly great men in American airpower. Born on June 25, 1886, in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania, Henry ?Hap? Arnold graduated from West Point in 1907 and was commissioned in the infantry. In April 1911 he transferred to the aeronautical division of the Signal Corps. In June of that year he received his pilot's certificate after taking instruction from Orville Wright in Dayton, Ohio. For nearly a year he was an instructor at the Army's first aviation school at College Park, Maryland. He rose steadily in rank and responsibility throughout the 1920s and 30s and became the commanding general of the Army Air Forces (AAF) during World War II. On December 15, 1944, Arnold was promoted to the five star supergrade "General of the Army." General Arnold retired in February 1946. General Arnold died on January 15, 1950..Credit: U.S. Air Force via CNP

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Date: 26 Aug 2002
Location: College Park Maryland United States of America
Credit: U.S. Air Force via CNP
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