February 27, 2014 - Aviation's top personalities gathered on February 21 at the Paramount Studios Theater in Hollywood, California, to honor the legendary Robert A. "Bob" Hoover, for his 60-plus years of aviation excellence. The event, emceed by EAA Chairman Emeritus Tom Poberezny and attended by a veritable who's who from the aviation world, paid tribute to Hoover's incredible flying career during which he was a test pilot, fighter pilot, air show performer, aviation statesman, teacher, and mentor.
Called the "best stick and rudder man he has ever seen" by Gen. Jimmy Doolittle, Hoover was honored by aviation leaders, celebrities, and icons at the historic Paramount Studios Theater. Attendees also had the chance to view the premier of a new documentary, "Perfecting Flight: Bob Hoover," narrated by Harrison Ford.
Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, hero of the Miracle on the Hudson and former EAA Young Eagles co-chairman, announced the inaugural list of inductees to the new "Bob Hoover Hall of Honor". The charter inductees for the prestigious hall include Neil Armstrong, Lee Atwood, Capt. Eugene A. Cernan, Jacqueline "Jackie" Cochran, James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle, Burt Rutan, Dick Rutan, and Drury Wood Jr.
The Hoover Hall will reside at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University's Florida campus, Poberezny said.
"The Hoover Hall of Honor will not only preserve the accomplishments of Bob and these individuals but also analyze and recognize the characteristics that fueled these incredible legends to be successful over a lifetime in aviation," he said. "It's not just what they did, but how they did it. These attributes will be used to inspire future generations. That's why this is important."
Also announced were two annual student scholarships in Hoover's name, one to be presented at the Daytona Beach, Florida, campus and the other at the Prescott, Arizona, facility.
Hosts of the event were Harrison Ford, Capt. James A Lovell, Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, Tracey Forrest, J. Randolph Babbitt, Bill Fannin, Gen. Lloyd "Fig" Newton, Capt. Gene Cernan, Herb Kelleher, Sean D. Tucker, Clay Lacy
, Joe Clark, Bruce McCaw, and Rob Liddell.
EAA was represented by CEO Jack Pelton along with several members of the Board of Directors.