Meet Brig. Gen. Henry H. (Hap) Arnold - General of the Air Force. Pioneer airman who was taught to fly by the Wright Brothers. Hap tells Jackie Cochran about England's need for qualified pilots. England's needs offers a chance to show what American women pilots can do...this is the beginning of a beautiful and sometimes rocky friendship.
The WASP earned their highest praise from Gen. Arnold, who called them " the best women pilots in the world."
General Arnold's life paralleled the growth of America's air power and he personally contributed to most of the major milestones of that development during WW II. By an act of Congress, he received permanent five-star rank as general of the Air Force, the first such commission ever granted.