Founder Spotlight: GEN HENRY H. “HAP” ARNOLD

Daedalian Founder Member #2182

Namesake of Daedalian Hap Arnold Flight #30 in Riverside, California

A look at history

Gen. Henry H. “Hap” Arnold is featured on “The Big Picture,” an American documentary TV program which aired from 1951-1964. The series was produced by the United States Army Signal Corps’ Army Pictorial Service.

Do you have these books in your collection?

“Hap Arnold: The General Who Invented the US Air Force”
By Bill Yenne

“Hap: The Story of the U.S. Air Force and the Man Who Built It”
By Thomas M. Coffey

“Hap Arnold and the Evolution of American Airpower”
(Smithsonian History of Aviation Series)
By Dik A. Daso and Richard Overy

“Hap Arnold: Architect of American Air Power”
By Flint O. Dupre

“Cataclysm: General Hap Arnold and the Defeat of Japan”
By Herman S. Wolk

“American Airpower Comes of Age — General Henry H. “Hap” Arnold’s World War II Diaries”
By M.G. John W. Huston and Air University Press

“Architects of American Air Supremacy: General Hap Arnold and Dr. Theodore Von Karman”
By Dik A. Daso

“HAP: Henry H. Arnold, Military Aviator”
Office of Air Force History

Quotes by Gen. Henry H. “Hap” Arnold

Your limits are somewhere up there, waiting for you to reach beyond infinity.

The technical genius which could find answers … was not cooped up in military or civilian bureaucracy, but was to be found in universities and in the people at large.

Offense is the essence of air power.

Can you pass the Hap Arnold Trivia Quiz?

Some questions may have more than one correct answer.

1. General Arnold held 5 stars in which service?

2. His mother was the first in her family to
A. Marry before the age of 15
B. Graduate from High School
C. Be photographed
D. Declare a different religion than that of the family

3. The first military wings were called
A. Military pilot badge
B. Military Aviator badge
C. Army wing badge
D. Badge of the Army Air Service

4. General Arnold was an advocate for which initiatives during WWII?
A. Supporting strategic bombing
B. The Doolittle Raid
C. Formation of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs)
D. Development of new aircraft
E. All of the above

5. What was General Arnold’s role with the Daedalians?
A. National Commander
B. National Adjutant
C. Foundation Chairman
D. Founder

6. How many Hereditary members bear the number of General Arnold?
A. 0
B. 1
C. 3
D. 4

7. General Arnold is buried at which national cemetery?
A. Riverside
B. Arlington
C. Miramar
D. Gettysburg

8. What year did General Arnold first think it was a good idea to have a separate air service?
A. 1921
B. 1909
C. 1918
D. 1917

9. Who was General Arnold’s French teacher at West Point?
A. 2nd Lt. Frank Lahm
B. 1st Lt. Carl Spaatz
C. 1st Lt Loren H. Call
D. Theodore von Karman

10. True or False ? General Arnold attended the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis.

11. What nickname other than “Hap” was General Arnold known by?
A. Sunny
B. Pewt
C. Benny
D. Billikens
E. All of the above


1. A and B. He is the only military leader to hold 5 stars in two services, and he was the first 5-star general of the Air Force.
2. B
3. B
4. E
5. A
6. B. The Hereditary Member was his grandson, retired Air Force Col. Henry H. Arnold III.
7. B
8. C. In 1918 the Air Service was separated from the Signal Corps. General Arnold, with the assistance of Maj. Gen. Mason M. Patrick, spoke highly in favor of having the Air Force as an independent entity.
9. A
10. True. The entire West Point Cadet Corps traveled to St. Louis for 10 days. For many of them, it was their first time visiting a city.
11. E. The origin of the nickname “Hap,” short for “Happy,” is still under dispute. Some sources say he acquired it during his days at West Point, and others say it was when he was a stunt pilot in Hollywood. “Sunny” was his mother’s nickname for him, but after she passed away, he stopped using it.

The Legacy of Hap Arnold

? Arnold Engineering Development Center, Arnold Air Force Base, Tennessee
? Arnold Hall, U.S. Air Force Academy
? Arnold Hall Community Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas
? Hap Arnold Award, Civil Air Patrol
? H.H. Arnold Award, Air Force Association
? Arnold Air Society, Air Force ROTC
? George C. Marshall/Henry ?Hap? Arnold ROTC Award, The George C. Marshall Foundation
? H.H. Arnold 65-cent postage stamp, 1988 U.S. Postal Service Great Americans Series
? Arnold Drive, Sonoma Valley, California
? Gen. Henry ?Hap? Arnold Gate, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, District of Columbia
? Army Air Corps Symbol, known as Hap Arnold Wings