Forever Flyingby Bob Hoover
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Barnstormer, World War II fighter, pioneering test pilot, aerobatic genius—Bob Hoover is a true American hero. Now, in Forever Flying, he tells his amazing story, sharing all the thrills and chills, spectacular stunts and death-defying exploits that have made him a living aviation legend.
The true story of one man’s flight into history.
Barnstormer, World War II fighter, pioneering test pilot, aerobatic genius—Bob Hoover is a true American hero. Now, in FOREVER FLYING, he tells his amazing story, sharing all the thrills and chills, spectacular stunts and death-defying exploits that have made him a living aviation legend. Climb into the cockpit with America’s original top gun for an astonishing inside look at flight in action—and on the edge.
• Hoover’s dramatic dogfights as a decorated World War II fighter pilot...including the encounter that knocked him out of the sky
• His daring escape from the Nazis’ infamous Stalag I prison camp—when he stole a German plane and flew it to Holland
• The great aviators he has known, such as Orville Wright, Eddie Rickenbacker, Charles Lindbergh, and Neil Armstrong
• Hoover’s one-of-a-kind maneuvers that have dazzled air-show crowds the world over.
A native of Nashville, Tenn., Hoover (who turned 74 last January) learned to fly as a teenager. When the US entered WW II, Hoover became an army pilot (albeit as a sergeant, not a commissioned officer). Posted overseas, he flew 58 successful missions in British-made Spiatfires before being shot from the unfriendly skies over Nice, France. Having endured 16 months as a POW in the infamous Stalag 1, the intrepid birdman stole a Luftwaffe F-190 and winged his way to freedom. Back in the US, Hoover embarked on an eventful career as a test pilot, flying experimental aircraft for the US Air Force. Among other memorable moments he recalls with the help of USA Today columnist Shaw, is his experience as Chuck Yeager's backup on the epic 1947 flight during which the X-1 first broke the sound barrier. Although Hoover left the military for private industry in 1949, he was in the thick of aerial combat over Korea, demonstrating the F-86's capabilities as a dive bomber. Since then, Hoover has made a heady living on the global barnstorming circuit, performing spectacular feats of aerobatics and becoming known as King of the Air Shows. The holder of several speed records and recipient of countless honors, he has rubbed shoulders and wingtips with many of aviation's greats: Neil Armstrong, Jacqueline Cochran, Charles Lindbergh, Eddie Rickenbacker, and more. He has appreciably fewer fond memories of the Federal Aviation Administration, which grounded him in 1992. With more than a little help from his many friends, however, the aging pilot won this dogfight last October and is again licensed to solo in this country.
An exciting and engrossing memoir from one of aviation's more engaging pioneers.
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I bought my dad this book for his birthday and he has already read it over 3 times. Awesome book
'From airshow left, Bob will shut down both engines on his turbo shrike, dive into ground effect, then pull up into a engine out roll!', the Reno Air Race announcer stated. 'This guys nuts!', I thought knowing full well what the fatal consequences could be...never the less I watched with wide eyed anticipation. After the 5 or 10 minuite demonstration had been completed, the pilot taxied up in front of the grandstands to give everyone a big thumbs up. To my astonishment, the body that appeared didn't belong to a lean young military aviator, but to a grey elderly fellow in his 70's! I'll never forget that moment...the first experience I had to witness the greatest pilot to ever shake the stick and push the rudder pedals perform - Bob Hoover. This book is a must read for anyone, pilot or not. Bob Hoover has lived the life that we have all dreamt about at on time or another. From Shooting up the Germans in WWII, to piloting experimental test aircraft, Bob has really done it all. A legendary man, born in a legendary time, who has led a legendary life.....R.A. Bob Hoover.