There are some that fly an airplane, and there are those who become one with the air and machine. Sad news today. Bob Hoover passed away at the age of 94. A stick and rudder pilot for the ages. I met and got an autograph back in the late 1990s. A class act all the way. Mr. Hoover brought flying to an artistic level. RIP Mr. Hoover, you took to the skies, dazzling and inspiring so many. We mourn his loss, and celebrate a life.
Robert A. “Bob” Hoover (January 24, 1922 - October 25, 2016)
Boeing 757 in the foreground, Airbus A330 in the background Fairchild Metroliner Boeing 747-8F Boeing 757-200 in the foreground, 777-300 in the background. Boeing 747-400 (both) Airbus A340-300/400 Boeing 737-800
🇺🇸An aviation legend passed away today: Bob Hoover.
“Having been shot down over Nice, France during his 59th mission in World War II, Hoover spent 16 months as a POW, spending much of the time in solitary confinement as punishment for two dozen escape attempts. Finally, he succeeded just before the end of the war by stealing a German fighter.”
Chuck Yeager’s chase pilot. A pilot’s pilot.
Along with songs inspired by HBO’s Game of Thrones and Disney’s Zootopia, Aviators’ 8thfull-length album includes a from-scratch remake of 2012′s Constellations, and features guest artists Lectro Dub, Televisor, and last but not least - Glaze, whom you can hear on the final single I Could Believe You.
A Song That Never Ends releases December 1st, 2016.
The Saab 35 Draken (“Kite” and/or “Dragon”) was a Swedish fighter aircraft manufactured by Saab between 1955 and 1974. The Draken was built to replace the Saab J 29 Tunnan and, later, the fighter variant (J 32B) of the Saab 32 Lansen. The indigenous J 35 was an effective supersonic Cold War fighter that was also successfully exported to Austria, Denmark, Finland, and to the United States as a test pilot training aircraft.
The Draken was the first fully supersonic aircraft to be deployed in Western Europe.
_As the jet era started, Sweden foresaw the need for a jet fighter that could intercept bombers at high altitude and also successfully engage fighters. Although other interceptors such as the US Air Force’s F-104 Starfighter were being conceived during the same period, Saab’s “Draken” would have to undertake a combat role unique to Sweden. Other demanding requirements were the capability to operate from reinforced public roads used as part of wartime airbases, and for refuelling/rearming to be carried out in no more than ten minutes, by conscripts with minimal training. In September 1949, the Swedish Defence Material Administration issued a request for a fighter/interceptor aircraft, and work
began at Saab the same year._
Draken’s design incorporated a distinctive “double-delta” configuration, with one delta wing within another larger delta. The inner wing has an 80° angle for high-speed performance, while the outer 60° wing gives good performance at low speeds. Propulsion was provided by a single Svenska Flygmotor RM 6B/C turbojet (Rolls-Royce Avon 200/300). A ram turbine, under the nose, provided emergency power, and the engine had a built-in emergency starter unit. The Draken could deploy a drag parachute to reduce its landing distance….