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Bob Hoover to be honored by NBAA

Famed air show pilot Bob Hoover will be awarded the Meritorious Service to Aviation Award by the National Business Aviation Association at its annual convention in October.

Hoover served as a combat aviator during World War II, a military and civilian test pilot and air show performer.

He’s piloted more than 300 types of aircraft and is best known for his aerial demonstrations in the P-51 Mustang and Shrike Commander.

During World War II, Hoover was shot down and spent 16 months as a prisoner of war before escaping by commandeering a German fighter.

When he returned to the U.S., he evaluated captured enemy aircraft and flight-tested U.S. combat airplanes, including the first jets.

He was an alternate pilot for the supersonic Bell X-1 and flew the chase plane when Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in 1947.

After leaving the Air Force, Hoover worked for North American Aviation and Rockwell International as a test pilot for more than 30 years.