The Bob Hoover Legacy Foundation, a 501c3 organization conceived and formed by R.A. Bob Hoover, will hold its Board meeting during EAA Airventure Oshkosh 2017. The Bob Hoover Legacy Foundation was formed in 2016 to perpetuate Bob’s life-long dedication to aviation learning and safety, and to inspire those qualities in succeeding generations of American aviators.
R.A. “Bob Hoover
A legendary fighter pilot, test pilot, aerospace executive and airshow performer, Hoover is a member of the National Aviation Hall of Fame and a recipient the National Aeronautic Association’s Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy. He died October 25, 2016, in Los Angeles.
As an 18 year old cadet in the Tennessee Air National Guard, Hoover was so accomplished an aviator, he was assigned to give check rides to the ight instructors. He was awarded the Soldier’s Medal for Valor in World War II for rescuing a downed fellow pilot o a mountain top in Italy, pulling him into his single-place P-40 and ying him to safety with the canopy open.
Later captured by the Germans, Hoover spent 16 months as a POW, then escaped and stole an enemy airplane in which he ew himself to freedom. After the War, he became one of the elite test pilots in United States Air Force history. He pioneered the rst jets, including the P-80. He was also selected to be a test pilot in the USAF’s X-1 program. The Bell X-1 became the rst plane to exceed the speed of sound, in October of 1947.
After leaving the Air Force in 1948, Hoover became a civilian test pilot for The Allison Engine Division of General Motors. He later moved to North American Aviation, which subsequently merged with Rockwell.
As an executive of North American Rockwell, Bob Hoover demonstrated leading edge military and commercial aircraft all over the world. A regular performer at the Paris Airshow, he became an international aviation celebrity. His aviation friends and acquaintances included Orville Wright, Eddie Rickenbacker, Charles Lindbergh, Jimmy Doolittle, Chuck Yeager, Jackie Cochran, John Glenn, Yuri Gagarin, Neil Armstrong and others. North American Rockwell built the Lunar Lander for the Apollo program and the Orbiter for the Space Shuttle Program.
Bob Hoover’s aviation career arc literally reached from Kitty Hawk to the moon. Bob Hoover considered EAA Airventure Oshkosh aviation’s family reunion. He attended every year, including last year, just three months prior to his death.
Speaking for the Bob Hoover Legacy Foundation board, Chairman Michael Herman said, “Simply put, in the history of aviation, there has never been an individual who has given or accomplished more than R. A. Bob Hoover.
Prior to his passing, Bob formed the Foundation so that his name and other aviation assets could be used to create scholarships and mentoring programs that would prepare succeeding generations of aviators and aviation leaders to the highest possible standard of excellence. .. the Bob Hoover standard of excellence.”
Foundation President Tracy Forrest added, “We will be going to the aviation community to ask for nancial and other forms of support to help realize Bob’s vision of an ever-growing, ever-safer, ever-learning society of aviators. The Foundation is a 501c3 not-for-prot organization. As such, all contributions are tax deductible.”