Foundation Looks To Honor Hoover's Legacy

 - June 7, 2019, 12:05 PM
The Bob Hoover Legacy Foundation hopes to drum up enough aviation industry support for the U.S. Postal Service to issue a stamp honoring the life of the famed aviator who passed away in 2016, in time for what would have been his 100th birthday.

An effort to have the U.S. Postal Service issue a stamp honoring the late legendary aviator Bob Hoover is gaining traction among the aviation industry, according to the Bob Hoover Legacy Foundation. Among the latest organizations to lend their support is the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS). While Hoover was a WWII hero and test pilot, it was his aerobatic prowess with which most associated him.

“Bob Hoover was arguably the best pilot who ever lived,” noted ICAS president and CEO John Cudahy. “He was an American patriot and national legend who preached the gospel of aviation for nearly three-quarters of a century. It is our pleasure to endorse and support the efforts of the Bob Hoover Legacy Foundation to issue a commemorative stamp in honor of the 100th birthday of Bob Hoover in 2022.”

The U.S. Postal service and members of the Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee have basic criteria to determine the eligibility of subjects for commemoration, including honoring extraordinary and enduring contributions to American society, history, culture, or environment. Hoover established the foundation before his death in 2016 to continue his lifelong dedication to aviation learning and safety, and a spokesperson noted those criteria fit Hoover’s life and memory perfectly.