Bob Hoover low level pass in a borrowed Shrike Commander at Johannesburg Air Show, 1975. Yes he landed on one wheel, but did not do his famous dead stick landing, maybe because of the plane not being his own, or the high (1 694m, 5557ft) and hot conditions in Johannesburg.
Bob Hoover is best known for his civil air show career, which started when he was hired to demonstrate the capabilities of Aero Commander's Shrike Commander, a twin piston-engined business aircraft which had developed a rather staid reputation due to its bulky shape. Hoover showed the strength of the plane as he put the aircraft through rolls, loops, and other maneuvers which most people would not associate with executive aircraft. As a grand finale, he shut down both engines and executed a loop and an eight-point hesitation slow roll as he headed back to the runway. He touched down on one tire, then the other, before landing. After pulling off the runway, he would start engines to taxi back to the parking area. .He was honoured on Tuesday, July 26 with a Tribute to Bob Hoover Day at Oshkosh 2011.
Old slide scan from Anscochrome 1000ASA film
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