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Hap Arnold: Introduction (01:16)


Orville Wright taught Arnold to fly; Arnold was one of the first certified pilots in the Army. He worked to promote a viable wing of the service.

Early Flight (02:20)

Arnold entered West Point with thoughts of joining the cavalry; months after his graduation, the Army Signal Corps created the Aero Division. Test flights for the Wright Flyer occurred at Fort Myer, Virginia; the Army ordered aircraft in 1909.

Military Aviator Commander (03:09)

In July 1912, Arnold earned his wings; he reached the rank of colonel by the end of WWI. After the war, Arnold found ways to keep his men trained. In 1923, the first non-stop U.S. transcontinental flight and first mid-air refueling flight occurred; Lindbergh flew across the Atlantic in 1927.

Arnold's Flight Success (02:04)

In 1932, Arnold "air bombed" food to natives. He led B-10 Bombers in a long-range flight demonstration, earned his second McKay Trophy, and received command of the 1st Wing at March Field. FDR supported a modern air corps.

WWII Aviation (03:40)

Roosevelt asked Congress to fund aircraft expansion and promoted Arnold to Major General. The U.S. declared war on Japan after the attack on Pearl Harbor; Arnold determined aircraft and their uses for global war. Ira Eaker led the U.S. 8th Bomber Command in the first daylight raid; the B-29 Superfortress rolled out four days later.

Wartime Aircraft Progression (01:42)

In January 1943, the 8th Air Force launched bombers against Germany. By May, American factories produced a war plane every seven minutes. Arnold created the 509th "Very Heavy" Bombardment Group to carry atomic weapons.

Maximum Efforts (02:24)

RAF and U.S. Air Force bombers worked in tandem to firebomb Germany. In 1944, Arnold placed Jimmy Doolittle in command of the 8th Air force; fighter planes attacked the Luftwaffe.

Five Star General (01:25)

The 21st Bomber Command focused on attacking Japan. President Roosevelt awards Arnold with a fifth star. In March 1945, Arnold directs the largest strike force against Berlin.

Nuclear Attack (02:28)

In 1945, 21st Bomber Command B-29s firebombed major cities in Japan; Japan counterattacked with Kamikazes. President Truman approves the use of atomic weapons and Paul Tibbets and his crew target Hiroshima; crews attack Nagasaki three days later.

Arnold's Legacy (01:26)

Arnold's efforts ensured the U.S. Air Force was trained and prepared for war. In September 1947, President Truman signed the National Security Act.

Credits: Legends of Air Power: Hap Arnold (00:35)

Credits: Legends of Air Power: Hap Arnold

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General Henry Harley Arnold – Leader of America’s airpower assaults on Axis powers during World War II. Arnold was born in the age of horse and buggy and would lead America to the atomic age. He was taught to fly by Orville Wright and was schooled in air combat by Billy Mitchell. Hap Arnold took a nation unprepared for war to victory. The “Father of the U.S. Air Force,” Hap Arnold is a true Legend of Airpower.

Length: 23 minutes

Item#: BVL129008

ISBN: 978-1-64023-375-1

Copyright date: ©1999

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