60th Anniversary Reception and Banquet

The Air Force Historical Foundation celebrated its six decades of service to the Air Force community in style this month, bringing together organization members, distinguished guests, family and friends for an elegant banquet event that also included a true living legend: Bob Hoover.

For an event reflecting on the last 60 years of air power history, Hoover was the ideal keynote speaker thanks to his world-famous outgoing personality and track record of achievement – both of which were front-and-center during an extended address to the seated crowd of more than 100. This presentation highlighted Hoover’s groundbreaking work as a test pilot, his service to the U.S. military and other accomplishments during an exceptional career spanning 50-plus years.

The 60th anniversary celebration was held July 9 at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Virginia. Lockheed Martin Corporation was the Foundation’s event partner, while six companies served as table partners: The Air Force Association, Boeing, Pratt & Whitney, Gulfstream Aerospace, Rolls-Royce North America and The Doolittle Center. Bob Hoover’s transportation was provided by Herm Rowland and the Jelly Belly Candy Company

The photo report below showcases some of the event’s highlights (click on the images for a larger version):

Serving as this special gathering’s master of ceremonies was Air Force Historical Foundation President Maj. Gen. Dale Meyerrose (USAF Ret.), who – in addition to his hosting duties at the 60th anniversary celebration – provided an update on the organization’s latest activities and previewed events to come.


In this photo, Air Force Historical Foundation Executive Director Jim Vertenten (standing) directs a question to Hoover – leading the legendary “stick-and-rudder man” to tell a highly-entertaining story of how airsickness of all things played a vital role in his development as a pilot. 

Bob Hoover, who thrilled millions over the last five decades with his acrobatic flying, detailed his career as an aviator to the Air Force Historical Foundation’s banquet audience. In total, he flew more than 300 aircraft types on his way to earning the nickname “The Pilots’ Pilot.”


Hoover (center) was given a commemorative trophy as a token of the Foundation’s appreciation. Presenting the award are (from left to right): Gen. John A. Shaud (USAF Ret.); Gen. Norton A. Schwartz (USAF Ret.); Maj. Gen. Kenneth M. DeCuir (USAF Ret.), representing the Lockheed Martin Corporation; and the Foundation’s Meyerrose.

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