One of the aviation’s most legendary figures has flown into the West. R.A. “Bob” Hoover passed away peacefully in his sleep Tuesday, October 25th at the age of 94. Known everywhere as the ‘Pilots Pilot’ Bob had a career as a World War II fighter pilot who escaped from imprisonment in Germany by stealing one of their planes. He became a test pilot after the war and was at the controls of the chase plane that followed Gen. Chuck Yeager as he broke the sound barrier in 1947. He was a successful air racer, and his famous P-51 “Ole Yeller” set the starting pace for the unlimited category at the Reno Air Races for many years.

But it was his airshow performances that people still remember and talk about years after seeing them. Flying a heavy, twin-engined Shrike Commander, Bob would put on a show that most pilots would have difficulty doing in a dedicated aerobatics plane. After gracefully doing rolls in all axes, he would then shut down and feather the engines, perform a one wheel dead stick landing, and come rolling to a stop right in front of the crowd.

He was a true southern gentleman, who would draw a crowd at any show he was at, and would forever find the time to sign autographs, have his photo taken or just talk to his fans about their love of planes and flying.

The photo above was taken at the Museum in 2014 during Bob’s induction into the California Aviation Hall of Fame.



(Featuring “Supersonic Palette” a selection of art by aviation artist Mike Machat)


The Museum of Flying is pleased to announce the offering of “Rare Air” an aviation art exhibition by artist, author, and historian Mike Machat. The Exhibition, called “Supersonic Palette” consists of seven original paintings and five limited edition signed lithographs that were unveiled by the artist in person at the Museum on Sunday, October 16th.

Mr. Machat was formerly the official illustrator for McDonnell Douglas Corporation and has works permanently on display at the National Air and Space Museum, the U.S. Capitol, the Pentagon, and the Air Force Flight Test Center Museum. Mr. Machat also created three permanent large-scale murals at the Museum that depict a significant portion of the history of the Douglas Aircraft Company. He provided a presentation on the exhibition’s works as well as the murals. The art that will be on exhibition is available for immediate acquisition and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Museum of Flying.

The Museum of Flying is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and proceeds will support the Museum’s general operating fund. The exhibition is included with the price of admission to the Museum.


Welcome to the Museum of Flying


Originally established in 1974 as the Douglas Museum and Library, the Museum first opened in 1979 at 2800 Airport Avenue.  The Museum was founded by Donald Douglas Jr, the second President of the Douglas Aircraft Company. Construction began on the new Museum in early 2010 and the Museum celebrated its grand opening to the public in the new building on February 25, 2012.  The Museum collection consists of the many original artifacts related to the Douglas Aircraft Company, a variety of exhibits, aviation art, and features an array of aircraft from the Wright Flyer replica to aircraft of the jet age!


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Admission: Adults $10, Students/Seniors $8, Children (3-12) $6, Kids 2 & under free!

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