In the Cockpit with Bob Hoover

In the Cockpit with Bob Hoover

by Di Freeze
     
 

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In the Cockpit with Bob Hoover is the second volume in a series of short biographies (20,000 words or less) regarding notable pilots whose passion for flight inspires young and old alike to take to the skies.

Bob Hoover became infatuated with aviation when Charles Lindbergh made his historic transatlantic flight in 1927. Years later, he would meet Lindbergh…  See more details below

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In the Cockpit with Bob Hoover is the second volume in a series of short biographies (20,000 words or less) regarding notable pilots whose passion for flight inspires young and old alike to take to the skies.

Bob Hoover became infatuated with aviation when Charles Lindbergh made his historic transatlantic flight in 1927. Years later, he would meet Lindbergh and inspire people with his own aviation feats.

Bob joined the Tennessee Air National Guard on his 18th birthday, and was eventually assigned to the 4th Fighter Squadron, 52nd Fighter Group. He was shot down on Feb. 9, 1944, and spent 15 months as a prisoner of war. After several escape attempts from Stalag Luft 1, he finally succeeded, eventually making his way to an abandoned Luftwaffe air base and stealing a Focke-Wulf 190, which he flew to Holland.

Hoover was later assigned to Wright Field and served as backup pilot to Chuck Yeager on the Bell X-1. He left the military in December 1948, joined General Motor’s Allison Division as a test pilot, and later tested and demonstrated airplanes for North American Aviation/Rockwell International and flew its aircraft at air shows. He served as the official starter for the first Reno National Championship Air Races and Air Show, and continued that role for more than three decades. He also flew popular aerobatic demonstrations in airplanes including a Shrike Commander 500S and well-known P-51. In more than 50 years of flying, Hoover performed aerobatics in more airplane types, events and countries, and before more people, than anyone in the history of aviation.

Di Freeze interviewed Bob Hoover for this short biography, and filled in facts with his autobiography, Forever Flying. Hoover reviewed and approved this approximately 11,000-word bio for accuracy. It contains vintage and present day photos. This is not meant to be a comprehensive history of Bob Hoover's life, but it contains the major milestones in his aviation history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940014093743
Publisher:
Di Freeze
Publication date:
02/01/2012
Series:
Passion for Flight , #2
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,210,198
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

Author and editor Di Freeze interviewed many well-known aviators during nearly a decade as editor-in-chief for Airport Journals, the founding publication of Living Legends of Aviation. She interviewed some of the world’s best-known pilots, including military heroes, celebrity pilots, aerobatic pilots, astronauts, philanthropists and entrepreneurs.

Other books in the Passion for Flight series include In the Cockpit with Chuck Yeager, In the Cockpit with Cliff Robertson, In the Cockpit with Sean Tucker, In the Cockpit with Morgan Freeman, In the Cockpit with Tony Bill, In the Cockpit with John Travolta, In the Cockpit with Harrison Ford, In the Cockpit with Robin Olds, and In the Cockpit with Al Ueltschi.

Upcoming biographies will feature military greats such as Brig. Gen. Tex Hill; Hollywood director and actor Sydney Pollack; aerobatic superstar Patty Wagstaff; astronauts Maj. Gen. Bill Anders, Capt. Gene Cernan and Brig. Gen. Charlie Duke; entrepreneurs Clay Lacy, Linden Blue, and Barron Hilton; legendary golfer Arnold Palmer; country singer Aaron Tippin; comedian Jeff Dunham, and many others.

Di Freeze lives in Denver, Colorado. She also writes a blog, Same Shih Tzu Different Day, about her four rescued shih tzus: three half-sisters from a puppy mill and an owner release male.

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