General Henry Harley "Hap" Arnold is known as the father of the modern US Air Force. Biographer Bill Yenne includes many stories from the life of this fascinating man, from his flying lessons with Orville Wright to his military service. Drawing upon family interviews and historical research, this fascinating work illuminates the service and contributions of this little-known important figure in American history. 344 indexed pages, softcover.
General Henry Harley "Hap" Arnold is widely considered the father of the United States Air Force. But his long list of accomplishments doesn't begin or end there. He was also the first and only five-star general of the US Air Force; one of the first US military aviators; the first American to carry air mail; and the architect of the war-winning air strategy of World War II.
In this new biography of one of the American military’s most towering figures, author Bill Yenne weaves the story of Hap Arnold's life, from his youthful days as a cunning prankster to his sunset career as an elder statesman. All along, Yenne unfolds General Arnold's life like the adventure story it is. A bold advocate for technological advancement, Hap Arnold was a powerful character in the golden age of aviation, an innovative warrior in the conflict that defined the modern era, and the creator of an entirely new branch of the US military.
Hap Arnold: The General Who Invented the US Air Force is a page-turning adventure biography for history buffs, aviation enthusiasts, and anyone interested in the events that shaped America and the world in the first half of the twentieth century.
Bill Yenne is the author of more than two dozen books on military, aviation, and historical topics, including one which he co-authored with the legendary US Air Force commander, General Curtis LeMay. WWII History Magazine wrote that his book, B-17 at War, "is a source of unending pleasure to the Flying Fortress fan," and Air Force Magazine wrote that his primer on strategic air power "deserves a place on any airman's bookshelf." Yenne is a member of the American Aviation Historical Society.