Hoover Tribute Set For Feb. 21

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A special event to honor the life and achievements of Bob Hoover will be held Friday, Feb. 21 in Los Angeles. Guests will join the aviation community, "including celebrities, leaders, and icons," the organizers say, for a night at the Paramount Studios Theater. The event schedule includes a red-carpet reception, dinner, speakers and the premiere of a new documentary film about Hoover's life, narrated and introduced by Harrison Ford. A maximum of 500 tickets will be sold, at $950 each. Tickets are still available and can be purchased online at the event website. In his long career, Hoover has served as a combat pilot, test pilot, air racer and legendary airshow performer.

The event was organized by a group of volunteers including Tom and Sharon Poberezny, and event hosts include Ford, Sean D. Tucker, Gene Cernan, Jim Lovell, Clay Lacy, Sully Sullenberger and Randy Babbitt. Proceeds from the event will support a series of Bob Hoover scholarships as well as the establishment of the Bob Hoover Hall of Honor, an online project that will celebrate the legacy of Hoover and others who have made contributions to aviation. If you can't make it to L.A., AVweb will be there to report on the proceedings. And you'll have another chance to dine with Hoover and other aviation luminaries on April 2 at Sun 'n Fun, in Lakeland, Fla., at the first annual Dinner With Legends banquet. Tickets for that event go on sale online on Friday, with prices starting at $525.