Remembering the Extraordinary Man and Pilot Robert A. “Bob” Hoover

The Foundation is responsible for the management of Bob’s extensive collection of artifacts/memorabilia, spanning his flying career. The collection includes: photos, awards, clothing and a variety of documentation.

Some time in the future after cataloguing is complete, the Foundation…on behalf of the Hoover family, will accommodate loans on a case-by-case basis. If your museum is interested in displaying some of Bob’s collection in the future, please contact us at:

Museum of Flying
Lyon Air Museum
San Dieago Air and Space Museum
Smithsoniam Museum
Hoover Book

Video clips on this website taken from a new Hoover biopic, entitled: “The Gift." Visit our Merchandise page for information.


Bob Hoover Straw Hat

"I was so interested and enthused about aviation, I had been building model airplanes and saw that you could fly them with a rubber band. And when an airplane flew by, I'd run outside and look at it. It wouldn't be very often, but it was a big thrill to me to see an airplane fly."

- Bob Hoover

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Robert Anderson "Bob" Hoover (1922-2016) was one of the most gifted pilots and executives in the history of American Aviation.

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To Bob Hoover, flying was serious business. Throughout his career, whenever he was on an airfield he would be either in a business suit or a flight suit.

A true Bob Hoover tribute, featuring four of the over 300 types of aircraft he flew in his storied career. This photo includes the P-51 Mustang, Shrike Aerocommander, Rockwell Sabreliner and F-86 Sabrejet fighter. All were closely identified with Bob and are important elements of his legacy.

Bob Hoover, first row, second from right, is pictured with all of his fellow North American test pilots.

Flown by R.A. "Bob" Hoover for 20 years, N500RA is now the most recoognized Shrike Commander in the world. Hoover used his extensive test pilot and fighter pilot skills to become a legendary airshow pilot and brought a simple business aircraft to international attention.

While an Air Force test pilot at Wright Field after World War II, Bob met the beautiful Colleen Humrickhouse. She later said, "The thing that held Bob back was my maiden name. He used to introduce me as Coleen Jones". She became Colleen Hoover and remained so for their 68 years together.

"Old Yeller", the legendary North American P-51 Mustang made world famous by Bob Hoover."

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