For more information on this later squadron, see VF-111 (1956-95).Hap Arnold was a pioneer airman who was taught to fly by the Wright Brothers, and commander of Army Air Forces in victory over Germany and Japan in World War II: born Gladwyne, Pa., June 25, 1886, died Sonoma, Calif., Jan. "Hap" Arnold, as he was fondly known and called, dating from his early days at West Point, was in the class of 1907 at the U. Three years later, by act of Congress, he received permanent five-star rank as general of the Air Force, the first such commission ever granted.
On 20 January, another squadron, VF-111 (1956-95) then assumed the designation until its disestablishment in 1995. Navy frequently has given the same designation to two or more aviation units, leading to lasting confusion. VF-11 was established at NAS North Island California on 10 October 1942 equipped with F4F Wildcats, and on 23 October was on its way to Hawaii.
3 distinct Navy squadrons have called themselves ‘Sundowners’. To epitomize its spirit and tactical superiority over the Japanese, the squadron decided it would be called the 'Sundowners' and its insignia depicts two Wildcats shooting down a Rising Sun. and re-equipping with F6F Hellcats, VF-11 deployed on USS Hornet in October 1944.
To date, however, no one except Henry Arnold has ever held the rank General of the Air Force.
RANK STRUCTURE AND INSIGNIA OF MILITARY OFFICERS (O-1 thur O-10) AND NCOs (E-1 thru E-9) FOR THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE The United States Navy equivalent of General of the Air Force is Fleet Admiral. The term is used by nearly every country in the world.
The rank has only been held by one person in history: Henry H. General of the Army is the equivalent rank in the United States Army and the insignia for the two positions were originally the same.