Hap Arnold and the Evolution of American Airpower

Hap Arnold and the Evolution of American Airpower


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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 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.

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)

Table of Contents

1Henry Harley Arnold (1886-1903)7
2Cadet "Pewt" Arnold, West Point Class of '07 (1903-7)13
3Second Lieutenant Henry H. Arnold, Infantry (1907-11)32
4"They are Here to Learn to Fly" (1911-12)44
5"A Cushion-Chair Officer" (1912-16)61
6Captain to Colonel: The Great War (1916-18)80
7Interwar Years, A Difficult Education (1918-29)101
8Interwar Years, Command Experience (1929-38)121
9Chief of the Army Air Corps (1938-41)151
10Commanding General, Army Air Forces (1941-44)169
11General of the Army: Five Stars for Airpower (1944-46)198
12Hasten the Caisson (1946-50)215
Epilogue: "The Spirit of a Man"226
Appendix 1Cadet Record, Career Assignments, and Military Rank Progression235
Appendix 2Army Air Corps and Air Forces Organizational Charts239
Selected Bibliography295

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