65¢ Hap Arnold
Great Americans Series
Issue Date: November 5, 1988
City: Gladwyne, PA
Printed By: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Engraved
Color: Dark blue
In 1938, when "Hap" Arnold became chief of the U.S. Air Corps, his command consisted of 22,000 men. At the end of World War II, his force had grown to 2.5 million men. The German Luftwaffe no longer existed, and with the help of the U.S. Naval Air Arm, there was no Japanese air power. In 1943, Arnold was promoted to the rank of five-star general, the first in the Air Force. Arnold is pictured on the 65¢ Great Americans stamp.
Issued between 1980 and 1999, the Great Americans definitive series features 63 designs, making it the larges set of face different Regular Issue stamps issued in the 20th century. One stamp honors a couple (Lila and Dewitt Wallace) while the remaining 62 commemorate individuals.
The series is characterized by a standard definitive size, simple design and monochromatic colors. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing produced most of the stamps, but some were printed by private firms. Several stamps saw multiple printings. The result is many different varieties, with tagging being the key to understanding them.