Speaking of egos Stan3818, yours seems out of control. Upset they called Hoover and not you? Give me a break. The fact is they called Hoover, his suggestions worked, and Brat III was saved. End of story. Stop whining, man up, and give credit where it's due.
Sometimes you call the person who comes to mind the quickest. In this case, who else comes mind quicker than Hoover. yeah, I might have thought of the high G pull up too. That comes from my experience as a Flight Instructor many, many years ago. Just because Bob Hoover hasn't flown in a long time doesn't mean that his experience and knowledge was dumped from his data base.
Embellishment? Yes, probably so. It is a news article isn't it?
I met Bob Hoover many years ago at the Confederate Air Museum in Brownsville, TX. I knew of him from his aerobatics in a Aero Commander at air shows. He was manning the cash register at the museum. Wow! That was probably 30-40 years ago. I didn't know he was still with us. He was a great pilot and showman.
Noones intelligence was insulted but yours Stan.They had tried all the standard emergency procedures to no avial. Bob was called, gave him some advice, the advice was followed, it worked and they didn't have to do a belly up landing or worse. How you take that personally is beyond me. Chuck Yeager called Bob the best pilot he ever knew, I think that somes it up nicely.
Gives new meaning to "Can I phone a friend?"
Bob Hoover is one of the best pilots ever and his experience is unequalled. He was the man to call and he continues to be a legend, expert and one of the finest gentleman you could meet. He was a good call. Well done.
Bob Hoover was a great pilot and true gentlemen. It is a shame some overbearing FAA people decided to ruin his long standing carreer.
Bob Hoover is a great pilot and gentleman. He was really nice to my CAP cadets once when they were stuck on flight line duty.
But I have to agree with Stan, this story is not so thinly veiled hero worship.