Archive for the ‘Test Aircraft’ Category

The Robert A. “Bob” Hoover Celebration of Life Ceremony

A pair of F-86s, Hoover’s favorite aircraft, fly formation with an F-22. Report and Photography by Bob Shane October 25, 2016 marked the passing of R.A. “Bob” Hoover at age 94. He was one of the most accomplished and skilled aviators of our time. The really good pilots are referred to as a “Pilot’s Pilot.” […]

National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Expands Its Dispalys

The fourth building at the sprawling National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is now open to the public, displaying some rare aircraft that have been out of the public’s eye for some time. The only surviving XB-70 Valkyrie bomber, the VC-137C, serial number 26000, which was the first well-known Presidential jet transport, and the […]

We Mourn the Passing of Robert A. “Bob” Hoover, “The Greatest Stick and Rudder Man Who Ever Lived.”

  NASM Photo One of the greatest pilots in aviation history passed into the eternal Wild Blue Yonder on October 25, 2016, R. A. “Bob” Hoover. The ninety-four year old Hoover passed away at his Los Angeles home according to sources. Hoover was born January 24, 1922 in Nashville, Tennessee, and began flying at age […]

Sixty Eight Years Ago: Mach 1.06

On October 14, 1947, then-Captain Charles “Chuck” Yeager exceeded the speed of sound over the High Desert of California. Officially, it was the first time (with proof) that Mach 1 had been exceeded… and there should be an asterisk after this statement.  This was the first time that it was successfully exceeded, as other pilots may […]