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.