Robert A. “Bob” Hoover Has Died at Age 94
Another great has passed during this craptacular year.
Hoover, who began flying in 1937 at Berry Field in Nashville, Tennessee, almost came to an early end. While serving in the Army’s 52nd Fighter Group in Sicily during World War II, he flew more than 50 missions before being shot down. He survived the crash and spent months in a prisoner-of-war camp before he escaped, stole a German fighter plane and flew to safety in The Netherlands.
Perhaps overshadowed by Chuck Yeager, Bob Hoover was arguably the better pilot. The world was better for his being here.