Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Dandridge (Near Knoxville), TN, USA
I have been fortunate that I have watched his "energy management" demo about 4 times, at different air shows. I also got to meet him, and my wife and I sat at his table at one of the West Coast Pilot gatherings in Palm Springs a few years back.
I also met Chuck Yeager, but he is sometimes a little less personable than Bob Hoover. Bob is a perfect gentleman, and for his amazing accomplishments a very humble person.
In his energy management flying demonstrations he amazes the crowd at the end by timing his flight and speeds when landing so that he taxis up to the stopping point in front of the crowd, with no indication that he ever touches the brakes.
That demo with the tea being poured is a dramatic demonstration of why a person who inadverdently flies into instrument conditions without good instrument training will likely die. Your body cannot tell what the attitude of the plane is without outside visual references. If you were sitting in his plane, blindfolded, he could roll it and you would never know. Likewise, he could make you think he was rolling over, while keeping the plane wings level to the horizon in the roll axis.
I don't want to achieve immortality through my work...I want to achieve it through not dying.
EX: '01 Black LT, BAT BYKE (Totaled at 110,000 miles)
IBA SS, BB, BBG, 10/10ths.
No bike now, but maybe in the future.