Among those in attendance was emcee and aerobatic pilot Sean D. Tucker, Harrison Ford, Chuck Yeager, NASA astronauts Gene Cernan and Jim Lovell, civilian astronaut Mike Melville, Burt Rutan, Dick Rutan, actor/director/producer David Ellison, and “Sully” Sullenberger and his Miracle on the Hudson copilot Jeff Skiles.
The dinner was started and continues to be hosted by Bill Fanning of Pilot Insurance Center, Mike Herman, and Lou Meiners.
Filmaker Kim Furst showed a trailer of her upcoming documentary feature titled “The Bob Hoover Project.”
Rain Wednesday forced Fanning and the other volunteers to move the event from its planned outdoor location near a hangar on Wittman Field to the EAA Air Museum. The new location and threatening storms outside did little to dampen the camaraderie and friendship inside the museum and the adoration for Hoover, who received numerous standing ovations.