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Hoover, a lieutenant, flew 58 successful missions before his Spitfire fighter was shot down by the Luftwaffe in February Hoover and a friend escaped from the camp in the chaotic final days of the war, according to his memoir. There, with jet-propulsion planes replacing propeller aircraft, he took on the dangerous duty of working out kinks in workhorses like the F fighter.

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Yeager was also a test pilot there, and in the fall of they became friends after getting into a spontaneous mock dogfight that ended in a draw. They were soon performing in air shows around the country. Hoover might well have gotten the call to pilot the plane if his rambunctious streak had not undone him, Mr. Kaplan said. Earlier that year, he had buzzed a civilian airport in Springfield, Ohio, in an experimental military jet as a favor to a friend; the friend wanted his relatives in the area to think that he was flying the aircraft.

Commanders discovered the episode, and Mr. Yeager made history. He stayed with the company through the s. Hoover was one of the most honored pilots in American history. They had lived for many years in the Los Angeles area.

Survivors include a son, a daughter and several grandchildren. Hoover quickly recertified himself in Australia and began a legal battle back home, led by the defense lawyer F. Lee Bailey, who had befriended Mr. Hoover through a mutual love for flying helicopters. Hoover emerged victorious 18 months later, and his United States license was restored.

His campaign found support among fans who wrote thousands of letters.

An obituary on Wednesday about the pilot Bob Hoover referred incorrectly to his escape from a prisoner of war camp in the final days of World War II. While he escaped from the camp with a friend, only Mr. Hoover then flew a German aircraft to freedom; his friend was not with him on the plane. Hoover was based after the war. In addition, the obituary misidentified the Bell Aircraft X-1, which Mr.

Hoover trained to fly. It was a rocket plane, not a jet. The obituary also misidentified the company with which North American Aviation, for which Mr. Hoover worked as a test pilot, merged.

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