WWII veteran, prisoner of war, accomplished test pilot, pace plane for the Unlimited Reno races, air show pilot – R.A. “Bob” Hoover was considered by Jimmy Doolittle to be “…the greatest stick and rudder man who ever lived.
Flying the Feathered Edge is a very special documentary film about aviation, innovation, ruggedness, precision, testing, excellence… and getting it right.
Machines alone could not have pushed the airplane forward. It took courage, and out of the box thinking. This film, about the authentic life of a dedicated American and our greatest living aviator, R.A. “Bob” Hoover, shows how by pushing the edge of the flight envelope, a handful of pilots enabled aviation to be safer for others — indefinitely.
WWII veteran and prisoner of war, Bob Hoover escaped Stalag Luft 1 and flew to safety by stealing an enemy aircraft. As an accomplished experimental test pilot, he participated in breaking the speed of sound and launching the world into the Jet Age. During his unrivaled international air show career, he performed for millions of spectators worldwide for over three decades.
The purpose of the film is to celebrate the spirit of the American fighter pilot, show the courage and the innovation that was essential to the birth of the jet age, and to enable the audience to relive incredible stories from a man born of simple beginnings in Tennessee who lived his dream of becoming the pilot he always wanted to be.
For more information…
Visit the Bob Hoover Project web site: http://www.thebobhooverproject.com
Bonus Video: Bob Hoover in the Shrike Aero Commander, Denver 1986