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Bob Hoover…

April 14th, 2007 · 6 Comments

I got a chance to meet one of my all-time aviation idols today. In the terminal at LAX, I met R.A. “Bob” Hoover. Normally, celebrity types don’t excite me enough to bother them for an autograph or a picture, but I absolutely had to approach Mr. Hoover, introduce myself, and tell him how big an idol of mine he was.

Hoover is 85, and is widely known as the father of modern aerobatic performance. His performances in his Rockwell Shrike Commander thrilled millions at airshows across the country. Prior to his airshow days, he was a civilian and military test-pilot, and a veteran of 59 missions in various aircraft during World War II. He’s rubbed elbows with other aviation notables such as Chuck Yeager, Pancho Barnes, Jackie Cochran, Jimmy Doolittle, Charles Lindbergh, Neil Armstrong, and even Orville Wright.

It was a pleasure meeting him.

Here’s a bit of YouTube action from Mr. Hoover.

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Gina // May 10, 2007 at 4:29 am

    How cool that you got to meet one of your idols! I never meet anyone interesting at LAX; unless you count the TSA folks that insist on tearing apart my luggage. Every.Time.I.fly.

    On another note GO (golfing) KINGS! Woe is me. Again.

  • 2 GC // May 10, 2007 at 1:39 pm

    Woe is us, Gina. Woe is us. But the future is bright!

    We’ll have to get you to a game next season.

  • 3 Gina // May 11, 2007 at 4:43 pm

    I’m not asking for a lot really, I don’t need to see Lord Stanley’s cup hoisted at Staples just yet. I would like to see the Kings play past mid April more than once a decade though.

    I haven’t been to a game at Staples in a few years (a loss to SJC…shocker). In fact the last time I saw the Kings win in person was against the Mighty Schmucks before Honda took over the Pond

  • 4 Tiger Feet // May 17, 2007 at 12:07 am

    Fantastic Video… what an amazing gent…!

  • 5 Nicolas // Jun 15, 2007 at 2:34 am

    You get to meet Bob Hoover and you get to state hope in a 73 all day? Lucky you!

  • 6 Nite Flyer // Feb 20, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    I agree with Tiger Feet – that was an amazing video.

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