Army's first aviators
Photo Credit: U.S. Army Military History Institute.
General Henry ("Hap") Arnold became one of the Army's first aviators certified under the Rules of the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI). During World War II he commanded the Army Air Forces and became the first General of the Air Force in 1947. Throughout his career, he wore his original 1913 Military Aviator Badge (an eagle with crossed signal flags suspended from a bar inscribed "MILITARY AVIATOR") below his ribbon bars. (Personalities Photograph Collection)
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