Hap Arnold and the Evolution of American Airpower

Hap Arnold and the Evolution of American Airpower

by Dik A. Alan Daso, Dik Allan Daso
     
 
From 1938 to 1946, as the first Commanding General of the U.S. Army Air Forces the largest air armada ever assembled---Hap Arnold fought World War II in Congress, on the Army General Staff, in factories, and in universities. His vision of airpower as more than sophisticated aircraft not only established U.S. air supremacy during the war but also laid the foundations

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From 1938 to 1946, as the first Commanding General of the U.S. Army Air Forces the largest air armada ever assembled---Hap Arnold fought World War II in Congress, on the Army General Staff, in factories, and in universities. His vision of airpower as more than sophisticated aircraft not only established U.S. air supremacy during the war but also laid the foundations of today's air force.

This biography is the first to draw on all of Hap Arnold's personal papers as well as recently declassified military documents. It relates Arnold's efforts to step-up aircraft production, crew training, and airbase construction while pushing simultaneously for the Army Air Corps' adoption of the doctrine of long-range airstrikes instead of close-air support.

Editorial Reviews

Armor
. . . central to the biography Daso presents, was the relationship that Arnold established and developed with the scientific and industrial communities.
Air & Space/Smithsonian
[Arnold] was a consummate politician . . . [and a] strategist, one who almost single-handedly built up the U.S. Army Air Forces and gave it a distinct mission.
Booknews
Henry "Hap" Arnold was the first Commanding General of the US Army Air Forces, from 1938 to 1946. This biography draws on personal papers as well as recently declassified military documents to trace his career and his influence on the technology, infrastructure, and philosophy of today's air force. Describes the institutions and individuals who played a part in Arnold's decisions as a general, and shows how Arnold's peacetime experiences shaped the evolution of American military aviation. Includes b&w historical photos. Daso is a US Air Force pilot and the author of another book on Arnold. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560988243
Publisher:
Smithsonian Institution Press
Publication date:
05/01/1900
Series:
Smithsonian History of Aviation Series
Pages:
314
Product dimensions:
6.33(w) x 9.29(h) x 1.22(d)

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