At the age of about 5 years old, Arnold became interested in the story of Charles Lindbergh and his flight across the Atlantic in the “Spirit of St. Louis.” In later years, he maintained an interest in aviation and read Lindbergh’s books about his historic flight and other stories about aviation heroes, like the “Flying Tigers” and Richard Bong, America’s top fighter ace. Later in life, Arnold was able to take flying lessons on his home island of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands and earned his private pilot license.
When America launched its first manned space mission – Alan Shepard’s pioneering 15-minute flight aboard the Mercury capsule “Freedom 7” – Arnold also became interested in these new adventures into the unknown of space. Since then, he has followed each and every manned space flight, continuing on with the historic manned lunar landings of project Apollo, the Skylab space station, the reusable Space Shuttle, today’s long-duration missions aboard the International Space Station, and plans for future flights to Mars.
During business trips and family vacations over the years, Arnold has been able make repeated visits to the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC and to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This addition to Arnold’s series of Island Boy Photobooks takes you on a photographic visit to those shrines to mankind’s adventures in air and space. With more than 700 full color photographs taken by Arnold and his brother Steven, this book catalogs the collection of the National Air and Space Museum and the historic exhibits at the Kennedy Space Center, showing how the displays have changed over the years. If you have any interest in aviation and spaceflight, this is a “must have” addition to you library.