Flying the Feathered Edge: The Bob Hoover Project

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Flying The Feathered Edge
Flying The Feathered Edge: The Bob Hoover Project
Directed byKim Furst
Produced byKim Furst
Music byDavid Cottrell
Kilo Foxtrot Films
Distributed byKilo Foxtrot Films
Release date
November 27, 2014
Running time
86 mins
CountryUnited States

Flying the Feathered Edge: The Bob Hoover Project is a 2014 independent documentary film about American aviator Bob Hoover. The film was produced, written and directed by aviation filmmaker Kim Furst.[1][2]


The title derives from the idea that Hoover spent his career flying on the "feathered edge" of the flight envelope, through his years as a United States Army Air Forces fighter pilot, test pilot, and air show performer.[1]

Harrison Ford and Sean D. Tucker, along with Hoover himself, frame the story of the film, which includes participation from aviation figures such as Burt and Dick Rutan, Carroll Shelby, Gene Cernan, Bud Day, Clay Lacy and others, as well as archival footage of a tribute to Hoover's flying capabilities by Neil Armstrong.[3][4]

Hoover expressed great satisfaction for the film.[5]

The documentary contains footage from Hoover's personal collections, online and physical archives as well as from a variety of other sources.[6]

Screenings and reception[edit]

The first official screening of the completed film was a private showing during the 2014 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh convention, attended by then 92-year-old Hoover.[7][1]

The film premiered at the Rhode Island International Film Festival, winning the "Grand Prize, Soldiers and Sacrifice Award".[8] Other festival screenings included the Breckenridge International Film Festival ("Audience Award"),[9] Napa Valley Film Festival ("Best Doc Competition"),[10] and Houston WorldFest ("Grand Jury Prize").[11]

Theatrical screenings began on August 19th, 2015, coinciding with National Aviation Day.[12]

Producer, writer and director Kim Furst was awarded the 13th Annual Combs Gates Award for the film through the National Aviation Hall of Fame, and was presented a $20,000 award on November 18 at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) 68th Annual Meeting & Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.[13]


  1. ^ a b c George, Fred (30 July 2014). "Hoover Bio Pic Premiers at AirVenture". Aviation Week. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  2. ^ AOPA ePublishing Staff (6 August 2014). "World Premiere Set for Bob Hoover Documentary". AOPA. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  3. ^ Horgan, Richard (9 August 2014). "Harrison Ford Frames Documentary About Beloved Aviation Pioneer".
  4. ^ General Aviation News Staff (7 August 2014). "Bob Hoover Documentary Premieres August 10th". GA News. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  5. ^ Pope, Stephen (22 January 2015). "Bob Hoover Documentary Released on DVD and BluRay". Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  6. ^ Scheer, Maxine (25 July 2014). ""Flying the Feathered Edge: The Bob Hoover Project" - An Interview With Filmmaker Kim Furst". Aero News Network.
  7. ^ "World premiere set for Bob Hoover documentary". Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. 6 August 2014. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  8. ^ ATA Team (10 August 2014). ""Flying the Feathered Edge" To Premiere at Rhode Island International Film Festival". All Things Aero. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  9. ^ Clarke, Chris (26 January 2015). "You Must Watch "Flying the Feathered Edge"". Flight Club. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  10. ^ McNary, Dave (27 August 2014). "Napa Valley Film Festival Sets Lineup In Wake of Quake". Variety. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  11. ^ WorldFest Houston (19 April 2016). "Awards Gala Ceremony at 49th WorldFest Houston". Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  12. ^ News Channel 2 Staff (19 August 2015). "USS Yorktown Celebrates WWII Veteran on National Aviation Day". Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  13. ^ Kaplan, Ron (20 October 2015). "Bob Hoover documentary earns filmmaker Kim Furst $20K Combs Gates Award". All Things Aero.

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