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R.A. "Bob" Hoover

 

Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce to you Bob Hoover,
the greatest stick-and-rudder pilot alive today....
No, that's wrong, let me introduce to you Bob Hoover,
the greatest stick-and-rudder pilot who ever lived.


- Gen. James Doolittle, Retired
Montery County Air Show, 1988

 

Awards Presented to Bob Hoover:

MILITARY

Distinguished Flying Cross
Soldier's Medal for Valor
Air Medal with Clusters
Purple Heart
French Croix de Guerre

CIVILIAN

National Aviation Hall of Fame
Lindbergh Medal
International Council of Air Shows Hall of Fame
Society of Experimental Test Pilots
Kitty Hawk Award
Arthur Godfrey Aviation Award for Flight Testing
Wilinson Silver Sword of Excellence
Aviation Pioneer Award
Aerospace Hall of Fame
International Aerobatic Pilot of the Year
Flying Tiger Pilot Award
Lloyd P. Nolen Lifetime Achievement in Aviation Award
Cliff Henderson National Aircraft Exposition Award
Godfrey L. Cabot Outstanding Contributions to the Science of Aerospace Award
Bill Barber Award for Showmanship
Honorary Member - Original Eagle Squadron
Award of Merit - American Fighter Pilots Association
Honary Member - American Fighter Aces Association
Honary Member - Thunderbirds
Honary Member - Blue Angels


Main reference:

Forever Flying, R.A. "Bob" Hoover & Mark Shaw, Pocket Books, New York, NY, 1996.

Additional References:

Who was the parent of reactive aviation?, American Aviation, December 5, 1955

 


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