It was an investiture of sorts, with one of aviation’s royal families bearing witness. Harry B. Combs, the former head of Gates Learjet and co-author of Kill Devil Hill, was being awarded the Wright Brothers Memorial Award. Among the tuxedoed throng applauding that night in 1985 were Col. Bruce and Robert Arnold, respectively, the son and grandson of Gen. Henry “Hap” Arnold, the man who led the U.S. Army Air Forces to victory in World War II. One element in the ...

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