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Hap Arnold – A Man with a Vision – May 11, 2012

“Robert Novell’s Third Dimension Blog”


Good Morning and Happy Friday—Today I want to talk about a man whose accomplishments and vision moved military, and commercial, aviation in to the twentieth century and allowed the US to become number one in the aerospace industry.

The man I want to talk about had many accomplishments to his credit which include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Learned to fly at the Wright Brother’s Flying school in Dayton, Ohio.
  2. One of the first Air Mail Service Pilots.
  3. Winner of the Mackay Trophy twice.
  4. Responsible for air superiority in WW II.
  5. Responsible for the formation of the Air Force.
  6. Responsible for the Air Force Academy coming to life.

The man I want to talk about is Hap Arnold. There is a lot to be said but I am going to be brief— Last week I had a ten thousand word blog article and this week I am going to trim that down significantly. —Boeing would not be Boeing without the vision of Hap Arnold. Most manufacturers, of that time, owed their success to Hap Arnold and the advancement of technology that the airlines enjoyed after the war was again a result of Hap Arnold’s vision.

Follow the link below to Hap Arnold’s biography and then watch the video. The video is a product of the 50s but uses original footage and is done by the Department of the Army.

Have a good weekend, spend some time with friends and family, but also spend some time researching the contributions of Hap Arnold to our world of aviation.


Robert Novell

May 11, 2012


“Hap Arnold Biography”