R. A. “Bob” Hoover will forever cast a huge shadow over all of aviation. His recent passing (October 25) at the age of 94 sent a shockwave through the broader aviation family.
From Airailimages: “Fifteen hundred friends of Bob Hoover gathered at Clay Lacy Aviation in Van Nuys, California, on 18 November for a heartfelt send-off and celebration of the life of test pilot and air show pilot Hoover. Flyovers during an Air Force 21-gun salute included two F-16s from the USAF Thunderbirds in formation with one Tutor from the Canadian Air Force Snowbirds and a T-39 Sabreliner, followed by an F-22 bracketed by two F-86 Sabres, and a poignant missing-man formation with Bob Hoover’s own Old Yeller P-51 Mustang peeling away from the formation as viewers clapped; some wept. Speakers at the event, including Harrison Ford, said Hoover’s legacy can live on as a stimulus to encourage young people in aviation.”