During WW2, Bob Hoover's Supermarine Spitfire was shot down over the Mediterranean & he was taken prisoner by the Germans. For 16 months, Bob tried to escape several times. Each time he was caught, beaten and placed in solitary confinement.

He never quit and ultimately escaped and stole a German FW 190 fighter. Bob knew that while flying a Nazi aircraft, he risked being shot down by allied forces.

Robert A. "Bob" Hoover talks about his WWII experiences at EAA AirVenture in 2011.

Bob's wide range of friends; From left, Airshow performer Steve Oliver, Attorney F. Lee Bailey, Bob, Aviation Hall of Fame Member Sean D. Tucker, World Aerobatic Champion Leo Loudenslager and Dave Weiman.

Former U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater (left) and Gen. James Doolittle present Bob Hoover with an Air Force Association award.

Bob Hoover's P-51 Mustang named "Ole Yeller" has taken up residence in front of the iconic gates of Paramount ahead of the sold out "Tribute to Bob Hoover" that took place February 21, 2015.

L to R: Bob Hoover, longtime friend and air show announcer Jim Driskell and actor Cliff Robertson, who said Hoover performed aerobatic maneuvers like "a mad musician at the organ."

Bob Hoover's Final 4-Point Roll in the Sabreliner.

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