Hap Arnold’s 1912 Flight

Accession number:
2013.04

Maker:
Thomas Segars

Historical period:
2005

Dimensions:
H x W: 18 in. / 24 in.

Acquisition date:
ca. 2013

Credit line:
Gift of the United States Air Force

Provenance:

From ca. 2013: The Army and Navy Club, gift of the United States Air Force

Label:

In October 1912, then Lieutenant Harold Harley Arnold navigated a triangular course from College Park, Maryland to Washington Barracks, D.C. (later renamed Fort McNair) to Fort Myer, Virginia and back to College Park, while locating a detachment of cavalry. He received the first Mackay Trophy for demonstrating the aircraft’s potential for reconnaissance and observation, which foreshadowed his status as an Air Force legend.