12 March 2014
The Wings Club and International Aviation Women´s Association said they will honor Robert A. “Bob” Hoover, former air show pilot and United States Air Force test pilot, with the fifth annual Outstanding Aviator Award.
Created to recognize airmen and airwomen whose actions have made major contributions to aviation and/or security and serve as leadership role models, the presentation of this year´s Award will take place at The Wings Club´s annual meeting, to be held on the evening of Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at The Yale Club in New York City. Hoover will accept the award remotely from his home in California.
Bob Hoover is considered one of the founding fathers of modern aerobatics. He has flown over 300 types of aircraft and flight tested or flown nearly every type of fighter aircraft. He was a fighter pilot during WWII. After flying 58 missions, he was shot down off the coast of southern France and spent 16 months in a German prison camp. He managed to escape from the prison camp, stole an FW 190 and flew to safety in the Netherlands. After the war, he was the backup pilot in the Bell X-1 program and flew chase for the Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star during the March 1 flight.
Founded in 1988, the International Aviation Women´s Association brings together women of achievement in the aviation industry and promotes their advancement internationally through the establishment of a worldwide network of aviation professional contacts.
Previous recipients of this award were Patty Wagstaff, the Tuskegee Airmen, the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) and the Doolittle Raiders. For more information, visit www.wingsclub.org.