June Militaria & Autograph Auction
BOB HOOVER & CHALMERS ‘SLICK’ GOODLIN (2)
1) Bob Hoover (1922 – 2016) American fighter pilot and record-setting air show aviator. After the war, he served as a USAF and civilian test pilot, flying chase for the Bell X-1 supersonic flight, and as a flight instructor for North American Aviation during the Korean War. He was Chuck Yeager’s backup pilot for the X-1 Program. Photo of a Bell X-1 aircraft boldly signed by Bob Hoover in blue ink ‘Bob Hoover USAF BELL X-1 BACK UP & CHASE PILOT OCT. 14, 1947’, 4 x 6 inches.
2) Chalmers ‘Slick’ Goodlin (1923 – 2005) Second test pilot of the Bell X-1 supersonic rocket plane, and the first to operate the craft in powered flight. He was the pilot of the project’s second plane, and nearly broke the sound barrier. Black-and-white photograph signed in black ink, 8 x 10 inches.