HEROES: Five-Star Hap

If any one man could be said to personify the U.S. Air Force, General Henry Harley ("Hap") Arnold was that man. He attended its birth, grew up with it, commanded it all through its great years in World War II. He was its first five-star general.

Born the son of a country doctor near Philadelphia, Hap Arnold was the fourth U.S. pilot to be commissioned. Those were the days when the Air Corps had four planes and was a branch of the Signal Corps. Hap was taught to fly in Dayton by the Wright...

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