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Going Direct: Why Bob Hoover Touched Us All

Why the war hero, test pilot and airshow great means so much to us pilots

Was Bob Hoover the greatest pilot ever? I don’t know. He surely needs to be in that conversation, but when all is said and done, the result is discovering that the question is unanswerable. Truth is, it’s impossible to say what even goes into deciding who’s the greatest pilot or what it even means. Suffice it to say, Bob Hoover was great. I learned that as a kid. And it wasn’t about his flying.

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