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Arnold and one step ahead of Ira C. Eaker, two of his closest friends in the service. In many ways the careers of the triumvirate reflect the experience of the entire Air Corps for the period. Arnold to Spaatz to Eaker was not the double-play combination of a professional baseball team but the eventual chain of command for American heavybomber forces in the British Isles. Henry H. Arnold (born June 25, 1886), Carl A. Spaatz (born June 28, 1891), and Ira C. Eaker (born April 13, 1896) had a long association with one another.
Halverson, set a world flight endurance record of 150 hours, 40 minutes, and 14 seconds, shuttling between Los Angeles and San Diego and gaining national and international attention. The Question Mark, so named because no one knew when it would come down, had its fuel tanks filled in the air 37 times, received 5,600 gallons of hand-pumped fuel, and traveled 11,000 miles. 75Less technologically oriented observers had different opinions. When Ruth Spaatz pointed out the aircraft flying overhead to the Spaatz’s oldest daughter, seven-year-old Tattie, and remarked, “That’s your daddy, and he’s been up there longer than any human being has ever been in the air before.
Wilbur Wright even served as one of his instructors. S. military aviation. He believed it should become an independent armed service, and he dedicated his life to seeing that it did. Although Arnold was highly intelligent, he was intellectually undisciplined; thus he tended to endorse a variety of contradictory ideas in rushing to accomplish his goals. He was, on the one hand, astute enough to support the very long-range bomber, the B-29; he was, on the other, naive enough to see merit in what was derisively dubbed the “bats in the belfry” project to drop fire-bomb-carrying bats on Japanese cities.