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Tue Oct 25, 2016, 02:42 PM

 

Bob Hoover, one of history’s greatest pilots, dead at 94

Source: MN Public Radio

One of the greatest pilots in the history of aviation died this morning, according to reports.

Bob Hoover, a World War II fighter pilot, a former Air Force test pilot, and the chase plane pilot for Chuck Yeager when he broke the sound barrier for the first time, was 94.

Having been shot down over Nice, France in World War II, Hoover spent 16 months as a POW, spending much of the time in solitary confinement as punishment for two dozen escape attempts. Finally, he succeeded just before the end of the war by stealing a German fighter.

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I used to service Bob's Shrike at Byerly Aviation in the early 90's. Met him a few times and he was just SUCH a great guy.

Soar gently, my friend!!!



Bob's rolls were perfect 1G maneuvers - he could pour tea without spilling a drop!


And, with both engines off in the Shrike, performed aerobatics!

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Cooley Hurd Oct 2016 OP
Adrahil Oct 2016 #1
Dem_Bones Oct 2016 #2
groundloop Oct 2016 #3
pdxflyboy Oct 2016 #4
blm Oct 2016 #5
The Velveteen Ocelot Oct 2016 #6
FigTree Oct 2016 #7
Plucketeer Oct 2016 #8
Dem_Bones Oct 2016 #9
Cooley Hurd Oct 2016 #11
Ryano42 Oct 2016 #10
LongTomH Oct 2016 #12
msanthrope Oct 2016 #15
titaniumsalute Oct 2016 #16
trof Oct 2016 #17
madokie Oct 2016 #18

Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Tue Oct 25, 2016, 02:52 PM

1. Met him once....

 

truly one of history's greatest pilots.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Tue Oct 25, 2016, 02:52 PM

2. Know him very well

Such a sad day today because of this. Unbelievable person. Bob is like 7 or 10 people all rolled into one person. I could barely keep up with his humor, kindness, energy, knowledge. Actually, I could never keep up, but was blessed to watch and listen in awe. Ugh.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Tue Oct 25, 2016, 02:54 PM

3. He was a super class act... met him a few times at Oshkosh

Absolutely superb pilot... I'll always remember his engine out demonstrations in the Shrike Commander.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Tue Oct 25, 2016, 02:59 PM

4. The Greatest

I saw him perform at an air show in Bridgeport, CT around 1979. He had no equals.

See ya on the other side. RIP, Bob

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Tue Oct 25, 2016, 03:01 PM

5. a life well-lived

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Tue Oct 25, 2016, 03:06 PM

6. Saw his airshow act several times - really amazing!

RIP, Bob!

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Tue Oct 25, 2016, 03:17 PM

7. Stick/rudder genius.

His coordination is so light, fast and precise... Leaves us like Salieris listening to Mozart.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Tue Oct 25, 2016, 03:32 PM

8. Big hole in the world of aviation.

 

Remarkable pilot and aviation ambassador. RIP Bob Hoover.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Tue Oct 25, 2016, 03:34 PM

9. Thank you!

Cooley, so much for those video clips. Just showed the kids.... Thanks. !!!!!

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Response to Dem_Bones (Reply #9)

Tue Oct 25, 2016, 03:43 PM

11. My pleasure, Dem-Bones!

 

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Tue Oct 25, 2016, 03:42 PM

10. A Testament to his amazing skill...

Is the fact he did so much in the air and lived a long full life

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Tue Oct 25, 2016, 04:45 PM

12. Fair skies and gentle winds accompany you on your final journey, sir!

I saw Bob perform his engine-out maneuver at an airshow at Richards-Gebaur AFB here in Missouri in the 90s. His maneuver was a physics lesson as well as an aerobatic demonstration; Bob continually exchanged potential energy for kinetic energy and vice-versa.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Tue Oct 25, 2016, 10:53 PM

15. Motherfucker badass. Rest well, Patriot. nt

 

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Wed Oct 26, 2016, 12:06 AM

16. I remember that Shrike

CLEVELAND Air Show. He'd shut #1 down and do some tolls/loops and then shut #2 down, do a loop, and frigging land it like a glider. RIP.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Wed Oct 26, 2016, 11:19 AM

17. One of a kind.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Wed Oct 26, 2016, 11:55 AM

18. WOW

amazing.

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