Robert Anderson “Bob” Hoover (1922-2016) was one of the most gifted pilots and executives in the history of American Aviation. His career spanned 7 decades as a fighter pilot, a military test pilot, civilian test pilot, aviation executive and air show performer. General James H. “Jimmy” Doolittle, himself an immortal aviator, called Bob Hoover “The greatest stick and rudder man who ever lived.”
As skilled as he was, Bob Hoover’s greatest gift may well have been his tireless commitment to sharing his passion and his knowledge with his fellow aviators – indeed, with any one who had an interest in flying. Bob Hoover was born to the sky.
From his earliest childhood until he left us in October of 2016, his focus was flying. He was obsessed with the unknown; with exploring new limits – with making airplanes and pilots better and safer.
Prior to his passing, Bob formed the Bob Hoover Legacy Foundation. He did so for one purpose: to contribute to the growth and betterment of aviation in perpetuity.
He had no interest in personal memorials, or tributes to the past. Bob wanted his name, his memorabilia – in fact, all of his aviation assets – to be used to support the top quality preparation of tomorrow’s aviation leaders.
Through student scholarships and direct support of schools and programs dedicated to preparing those students, Bob Hoover wanted to help ensure the U.S. would remain the worldwide leader in aviation’s next century, just as it was in it's 19th century.
Help keep the Spirit of Bob Hoover alive in the next generation of American aviation and support THE BOB HOOVER LEGACY FOUNDATION!
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