I usually dream of getting to the USA to visit aviation museums (Fantasy of Flight, Udvar Hazy Centre, etc) or recurring events (Oshkosh, Reno, etc). Today I learned of a one-off event that has trumped every other reason for me to get over there: Bob Hoover is being honoured for his aviation legacy!
R A “Bob” Hoover, The Gentleman Pilot
Known as “The Gentleman Pilot,” Bob Hoover is a living legend in the aviation scene and if you’ve not already read his autobiography “Forever Flying
” you owe it to yourself to do so. His feats range from exploits during World War II through to test piloting advanced aircraft and performing amazing displays for adoring crowds at airshows.
To honour Bob, there will be a tribute evening on February 21st at the Paramount Studios Theatre in Los Angeles with dinner under the Paramount Gate. In addition to the big names from aviation who will be attending (Harrison Ford,
James Lovell, Eugene Cernan, Sean D. Tucker, Herb Kelleher, Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger and any more) there will be those who can afford the US$950 tickets. They’ve already sold almost all of the tickets (the indicator on the site is showing 81.6%) and it promises to be quite the event as they’ll also be screening the premier of a documentary on Bob’s life.
An interesting point I noted while reading the tribute website: the contact person if you have any questions is Lesley Poberezny, grand-daughter of Paul Poberezny, the founder of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). Quite an auspicious name to be associated with the event and rather appropriate given Bob’s long association with the EAA & his frequent appearances at Oshkosh.
You can get a good summary of some of Bob’s achievements at the bottom of this post as supplied in the press release distributed about the event. You can also see some of Bob’s classic airshow display maneuvers in the video below, including his famous “pouring iced tea while flying a barrel roll” :)