- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Atria Books; First PB Edition, First Printing edition (August 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 067153761X
- ISBN-13: 978-0671537616
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 164 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,290 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Forever Flying: Fifty Years of High-flying Adventures, From Barnstorming in Prop Planes to Dogfighting Germans to Testing Supersonic Jets, An Autobiography Paperback – August 1, 1997
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There is an saying that "There are old pilots and there are bold pilots, but there are no old, bold pilots." Hoover comes very close to disproving that piece of wisdom, but in fact what appears to be boldness on his part is usually the result of careful analysis and planning. He understands the limitations of what he can accomplish and he does not accept what he considers to be an unacceptable risk. Because of that he has lived into his eighties and become a legend among those of us who revere the world of flight.
His is a life well lived and he has seen them all at one time or another from Charles Lindberg, Roscoe Turner, and Amelia Earhart to Jimmy Doolittle, Chuck Yeagar, Neil Armstrong, Wally Schirrah and a host of other well known aviation names.
His autobiography is somewhat unassuming, although there is certainly an element of pride and awe in his description of what he has accomplished, not the least of which was a very trying and near fatal experience as a prisoner of war, during WW2 which had nothing to do with flying and everything to do with being a man of integrity.
Oh, does he have stories to tell and he does it with the same enthusiasm he brought to his profession. He is simply an American icon and this book is a real treasure.
There are two types of people in the world... those who fly and those who wish they could. read Bob Hoover's book and allow him to take you on a wild ride or two and see what it means to strap on the aircraft and own it. I strongly recommend this book and know you will enjoy it cover to cover.
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to the men and machines in his lifetime.