Bob Hoover returns to Dayton with "Flying the Feathered Edge" filmmaker for giant screen presentation April 9

  • Mar 18, 2015 7:50am GMT
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(NOTE: This post has been adapted from the 3/18/15 press announcement of the contributor's company)

Reel Stuff Aviation Resources is proud to assist the Air Force Museum Theatre in bringing award-winning documentary filmmaker Kim Furst and aviation icon Robert A. “Bob” Hoover to Dayton on April 9th for a very special screening of “Flying the Feathered Edge: The Bob Hoover Project.”

As the inaugural program of the Museum Theatre’s Living History Film Series, director Kim Furst will introduce Mr. Hoover and present her documentary about the legendary aviator, shown for the first time in the state-of-the-art giant screen theatre. The series is sponsored by the Boeing Company and the Wright State University Foundation.

“Flying the Feathered Edge” chronicles Bob Hoover’s amazing 70 year-plus aviation career in vivid style, with rare footage, archival images, and interviews with Mr. Hoover and fellow legends of air and space like Burt Rutan, Gene Cernan, Bud Day, Sean D. Tucker, Clay Lacy and many others.

Mr. Hoover, age 93, began flying as an Army Air Corps fighter pilot during WWII. Shot down and captured, he ultimately made a daring escape from a POW camp to Allied territory in a stolen German fighter. Soon after, he began his test-flying career at Dayton’s Wright Field and was instrumental in the evolution from piston-powered to supersonic jet aircraft. He later launched an air show career that saw him perform in front of more people, in more countries, in more aircraft, than any individual before or since. Dozens of types of aircraft that he flew in combat and in testing are displayed among the museum’s vast collection, and he was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 1988.

Reel Stuff Film Festival of Aviation founder, Ron Kaplan, first wrote about “Feathered Edge” in the May/June 2013 issue of Warbird Digest Magazine, when the film was still in production. After attending a private preview screening of the nearly completed film in 2014 by director Ms. Furst and Mr. Hoover at Oshkosh, Kaplan worked with her, Mr. Hoover, and Museum Foundation officials to coordinate this very special Air Force Museum Theatre appearance.

The presentation begins on Thursday, April 9, at 6:15 PM. After the screening, the audience will hear from Mr. Hoover prior to a brief Q&A session, followed by a book signing. Seating is limited and expected to sell out, so visit http://store.airforcemuseum.com (click on “Theatre” at top right) or the theatre box office to reserve tickets in advance.