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Old 10-25-2016, 09:52 AM
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Bob Hoover Flown West

We've apparently lost one of the founding fathers of modern aviation. Well done sir. RIP.

http://blogs.mprnews.org/newscut/201...ts-dead-at-94/
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Old 10-25-2016, 10:04 AM
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Condolences to his family. Watching his routines with engines out was amazing! A truly great pilot and man.
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Old 10-25-2016, 10:32 AM
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RIP Bob Hoover your airshow performances have never been equaled.
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Old 10-25-2016, 10:50 AM
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I was privileged to witness Mr Hoover perform @ the Reno air races in the p51 & the twin with the engine out routine, a pilot of unparalleled skill & a joy to watch. Condolences.
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Old 10-25-2016, 11:15 AM
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RIP Bob Hoover
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Old 10-25-2016, 01:02 PM
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We had the honor eating lunch next to Bob at Oshkosh this year. An aviation legend! God Speed Mr. Hoover!
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Old 10-25-2016, 01:10 PM
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RIP MR. Hoover. I have enjoyed your air shows over the years. You will be missed. Condolences to family and friends.
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Old 10-25-2016, 01:12 PM
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God Speed Bob
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Old 10-25-2016, 02:09 PM
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Wow what an impressive guy !!
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Old 10-25-2016, 02:27 PM
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Saw him fly several times over the years. Truly the best of the best. RIP, Bob.

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Old 10-25-2016, 03:26 PM
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I reposted the link to the Army Aviation net I belong too,as well as my old air cav trp.Many knew him,and seen his performances,and sadly,we have lost a legend.You have a straight in approach to heaven,God's speed sir.
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Old 10-25-2016, 04:01 PM
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I don't think I possess any skill that anyone else doesn't have. I've just had perhaps more of an opportunity, more of an exposure, and been fortunate to survive a lot of situations that many other weren't so lucky to make it. It's not how close can you get to the ground, but how precise can you fly the airplane. If you feel so careless with you life that you want to be the world's lowest flying aviator you might do it for a while. But there are a great many former friends of mine who are no longer with us simply because they cut their margins to close.
Bob Hoover

If you're faced with a forced landing, fly the thing as far into the crash as possible.
Bob Hoover

I don't think I possess any skill that anyone else doesn't have. I've just had perhaps more of an opportunity, more of an exposure, and been fortunate to survive a lot of situations that many other weren't so lucky to make it.
Bob Hoover

Flying the Feathered Edge captures my life story in an authentic and accurate way. I don't know how it could have been done any better.
Bob Hoover

Nothing said I had to crash.
Bob Hoover
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Old 10-25-2016, 04:06 PM
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Thanks for the quotes--I was actually thinking of the "old, bold pilot" sawhorse this morning, and that he'd proved it wrong, but it seems he actually put a lot of thought into that and knew precisely where his margins were. Impressive skills!
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Old 10-25-2016, 04:44 PM
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RIP Bob Hoover, however it may be better to say Fly In Peace now until the end of time.
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Old 10-25-2016, 06:53 PM
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Bob was the nicest gentleman I've ever met. His generosity toward people and fellow aviators was unmatched. When I was a young teenager, I had the honor of meeting Bob at the National Air and Space museum in DC. He was giving a speech there at a evening gala. I attended with my father and his twin brother, my uncle ED, who knew Bob. Months later, while visiting my uncle in AZ, he drove me and my dad to the Evergreen facility. He had arranged for us to sit in a freshly restored B17 there, while they fired up the engines for the first time. We'll Bob was in the left seat for that engine test. It was the weekend of my birthday. I thought that was the coolest thing in the world. After the test, and feeling like the luckiest 14 year old in the world, Bob says to me, "we'll are you ready for your birthday present"?. I looked at my dad like what is he talking about. He just grinned. Bob put his arm around me and led me on a long walk around some buildings on the tarmac where we ended up at his yellow P-51. I had seen it perform at many air shows but never got to see it up close or touch it. Bob boosted me up on the wing then climbed up after, opened the canopy and said, get in the back on those pads. He straped me in the mini harness behind his seat then climbed in and fired it up. I remember smiling so much my face hurt. I couldn't believe I was sitting in a p-51, let alone Bob's for a engine run. Then we started to taxi around. Best day ever. Then we hit the runway and took off. Bob took me on a 20 minute flight all over southern AZ. After we landed he said I hope you liked your birthday present and shook my hand. That was honestly the best day of my life at that point in time. Today when I heard he passed, I shed a couple tears as I am now writing this, to hear that my friend Bob, who left the best aviation related impression on me, has passed. I loved that guy. My dad, who was a Pilot has also passed, but my uncle ED is still around. This is just one of my lucky flying experiences.
I know Bob and great people like him will rest in peace on that place in heaven reserved for people like him.
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