The pilot in this video is Bob Hoover (legend of the aviation community), demonstrating that you can pour a drink in the cockpit of a plane, while doing a barrel roll, not spilling a single drop. As you will see, Bob Hoover is an awesome pilot and one of the best in the flying game. From what I heard, he also performed this routine at Oshkosh in 1973. Here I have to say that friend of mine is heading for Oshkosh 2006 and I just wish I could go there with him… Anyhow, to give you little bit of history, Bob Hoover learned to fly at Nashville’s Berry Field while working at a local grocery store to pay for the flight training…To give you little bit of history, Bob Hoover learned to fly at Nashville’s Berry Field while working at a local grocery store to pay for the flight training. He enlisted in the Tennessee National Guard and was sent for pilot training with the Army. He was sent to Casablanca where his first major assignment of the war was test flying the assembled aircraft ready for service.
He was later assigned to the Spitfire-equipped 52nd Fighter group in Sicily. After 58 successful missions, on the 59th his Mark V Spitfire was shot down by a Focke-Wulf 190 off the coast of Southern France in 1944 and was taken prisoner. He spent 16 months at the German prison camp Stalag Luft 1 in Barth, Germany. Later he managed to escape from the prison camp, stole a FW-190 (or so the legend goes), and flew to safety in the Netherlands. After the war, he was assigned to flight test duty at Wright Field. There he impressed and befriended Chuck Yeager. Hoover hoped to break the sound barrier in the Bell X-1, but unfortunately, a desperate bailout from an F-84 Thunderjet shattered both his legs, dashing his hopes of flying the X-1… Click here to learn more about Bob Hoover…
Anyhow, we are all aware that science can easily explain it all, but it doesn’t make the achievement any less remarkable.
Here is the video in zip format: http://www.joe0.com/video/bob_hoover.zip – 6.9 Mb (you’ll need winzip or winrar to uncompress this video) or uncompressed here: http://www.joe0.com/video/bob_hoover.avi – 8.5 Mb