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Feathered prop: R.I.P Bob Hoover

Photo: D. Ramey Logan - Wikimedia Commons

Photo: D. Ramey Logan – Wikimedia Commons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a teenager, I was privileged to see him fly his Shrike Aero Commander at a Northern California airshow. As an adult, I got to see him at an event in his honor at Torrance Airport. Robert Hoover, the pilot’s pilot and long-time South Bay resident, passed away today in Torrance at age 94. Rest in Peace, Sir.

Bob Hoover Shrike Aero Commander in Denver, 1986

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Bob Hoover & Salute to North American Aviation

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The J-58 made simple(r)

I got a copy of the SR-71 Pilot’s Manual as soon as it became available in the early 1990s. It’s a throwback to the days of slide rules and handmade graphics and utterly fascinating. There is a lot of material on the Pratt and Whitney J-58 engine and the Lockheed inlets that powered the Blackbird beyond Mach 3 yet I have never been able to fully understand why and how that system did what it did. Thankfully, Blackbird enthusiast Tech Adams explains it all in his delightful video – The Mighty J58 – The SR-71’s Secret Powerhouse.

The Mighty J58 – The SR-71's Secret Powerhouse

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