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Hoover's Heroes

- February 25, 2014

February 21, 2014 — Beverly Hills, CA Hoover's Heroes

Hoover's Heroes

February 21, 2014 — Beverly Hills, CA Hoover's Heroes

The legendary aviator, Bob Hoover was honored with an incredible tribute through the generous support of Embry-Riddle. Initially destined for an internet-based hall of fame, the aviation institute stepped forward to offer a permanent showcase for what will be known as Hoover’s Heroes, to be located on the Embry-Riddle University campus. Thursday night’s event held at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills paved the way for the first inductees; those special to Bob Hoover. The inaugural inductees included General James H. Doolittle and Dick Rutan by presenter Lloyd ‘Fig’ Newton; test pilot, Drury Wood, Jr. presented by Sean D. Tucker; North American Aviation’s Lee Atwood; Astronaut, Neil Armstrong presented by Clay Lacy; legendary aircraft designer, Burt Rutan, unprecedented record holder, Jackie Cochran presented by former FAA Chief, Randy Babbitt and Astronaut, Gene Cernan.

In R. A. “BOB” HOOVER: FLYING THE FEATHERED EDGE, Bob Hoover tells his own story joined by friends and colleagues Harrison Ford, Dick and Burt Rutan, Carroll Shelby, Gene Cernan, and Medal of Honor winner Col. Bud Day, among others. A legend of the greatest generation, Robert A. “Bob” Hoover is demonstrably the most beloved figure in aviation today. Considered “The Guru” “An Icon” and “A God” by many of his peers, this humble 92 year old has received honorary Doctorates from both the Navy and Air Force Test Pilot schools. Largely unknown outside aviation circles, Bob dreamed of being a fighter pilot but was too tall, with poor eyesight and a bad case of air sickness. With determination and outside the box thinking, this WWII veteran escaped Stalag I by stealing an enemy aircraft and went on to become an accomplished experimental test pilot, participant in breaking the speed of sound and launching the world into the Jet Age.

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