Henry Harley
Contributed by Jerry Blanchard, 7-30-10

Henry Harley
Photo Courtesy of the
United States Air Force


     To visit his entry on this site, first click on National Aviation Hall of Fame to go to the homepage. Next, highlight and click on "Enshrinees List" at the lower left corner of the page. You will find an alphabetical listing of all enshrinees on this page. Then highlight and click on his name.
Use your "BACK" button to return to this site.

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
Wright Brothers Field
Plaque with 119 Names of Flyers Who Trained at Wright Brothers Field
Photo courtesy of J. N. Parmalee

     The name of H. H. Arnold is found on the plaque pictured above among the 119 names of pioneer flyers who trained at the Wright Brothers field at Huffman Prairie. To visit the page which lists all of the flyers, and which displays several photographs of the memorial, just click on:

Henry Harley
Contributed by Jerry Blanchard, 7-30-10
     Here is a nice period postcard view taken at Belmont Park in 1910 seated in his Burgess-Wright aeroplane. This is one of those wonderful postcards published by Cole Brothers of Asbury Park, New Jersey who did wonderful work of this particular early air meet

Henry Harley
In 1911 Arnold flew Wright plane at College Park, Md.,
where he was stationed after he became a pilot.
He held 29th flying license issued in the U.S.
From "Hap" Arnold Recollects
by H. H. Arnold
Clipping from Life Magazine
Collection of Lester Bishop
Courtesy of David Balanky

     If you search for "Hap' Arnold", using the Google search engine, (6-4-10), you will find about 99,200 links! Among the most helpful are the following.

       This biography is found on the official site of the U.S. Air Force and is very comprehensive and detailed. It is a good place to start your search for more information on this fascinating man. You can access the site by clicking on the title above.  

Henry Harley "Hap" Arnold
General of the Air Force

as Recorded on the Arlington National Cemetery Website
through the courtesy of Michael Patterson, Webmaster

     An early United States Army aviator who directed the Air Corps throughout World War II and became the first Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force. He was promoted to five-star rank of General of the Army by President Truman in 1944, joining Douglas MacArthur, George C. Marshall, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Omar Nelson Bradley at that rank.
Editors Note: For the complete, fascinating story, click on
Arlington National Cemetery.
You will also find biographies for many other of aviation's pioneers.


     You will find an extensive biography of Gen. Arnold on the Air Force Historical Research website. You may access his page by clicking on the title above.
     I recommend that you visit the homepage by clicking on:
Air Force Historical Research

     You will find an extensive collection of personal papers and many other items of interest.

Origins of Airpower
Hap Arnold's Early Career in Aviation Technology, 1903-1935
by Maj Dik Daso, USAF

     Henry Harley Arnold was not supposed to enter the Army. His older brother, Thomas, was to attend West Point and continue the Arnold family tradition of American military service that began during the War for Independence. Henry Harley, Hap's namesake and great-great-grandfather, had been a private in the Pennsylvania militia. Another relative, Peter Arnold, fought with Gen George Washington's army. Thomas G. Arnold, his grandfather, had been a nail maker who fought at the Battle of Gettysburg during the Civil War.  Herbert, Henry's father, had been a physician during the Spanish-American War, serving in Puerto Rico in 1898. Despite the military legacy, and after attending Penn State during the year prior to the West Point admission tests, Thomas rejected his parents' persistent urging to attend West Point. So Henry Arnold, then called Harley, inherited the opportunity to carry on the family's military heritage, which he did with great distinction.
Continued in great detail on the website.

     This paragraph was excerpted from the article "Origins of Airpower" which I found on the website of the Aerospace Power Chronicles. I recommend it most heartily to those of you who want to read the rest of the story. You may reach it by clicking on the title of the article.

       General Arnold died at his ranch home, Valley of the Moon, near Sonoma, Calif., Jan. 15, 1950.
If you have any more information on this pioneer aviator
please contact me.
E-mail to Ralph Cooper

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