Flying the Feathered Edge: The Bob Hoover Project
Flying the Feathered Edge: The Bob Hoover Project
Flying the Feathered Edge: The Bob Hoover Project
Flying the Feathered Edge: The Bob Hoover Project

Flying the Feathered Edge: The Bob Hoover Project

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    • Directed by: Kimberley Furst
    • Released: 2023 (educational)
    • Year of Production: 2014
Running Time: 87 min
Language: English
Subtitle Options: English Closed Captions
Subjects: US Studies

FLYING THE FEATHERED EDGE is a very special documentary film about aviation, innovation, ruggedness, precision, testing, excellence... and getting it right. Machines alone could not have pushed the airplane forward. It took courage, and out of the box thinking.

This film, about the authentic life of a dedicated American and our greatest living aviator, R.A. "Bob" Hoover, shows how by pushing the edge of the flight envelope, a handful of pilots enabled aviation to be safer for others -- indefinitely. WWII veteran and prisoner of war, Bob Hoover escaped Stalag Luft 1 and flew to safety by stealing an enemy aircraft. As an accomplished experimental test pilot, he participated in breaking the speed of sound and launching the world into the Jet Age. During his unrivaled international air show career, he performed for millions of spectators worldwide for over three decades.

The purpose of the film is to celebrate the spirit of the American fighter pilot, show the courage and the innovation that was essential to the birth of the jet age, and to enable the audience to relive incredible stories from a man born of simple beginnings in Tennessee who lived his dream of becoming the pilot he always wanted to be.

Filmmaker Kim Furst is an award winning director and editor of popular documentaries. Recent work includes Discovery Channel's three part series 'Rocket Challenge," film editor of "One Six Right," producer/director for AirshowBuzz's "The Horsemen Cometh" about a formation aerobatics P-51 team, and producer of 5 hours of behind the scenes documentaries for "Mission Impossible 3," for which she won the Golden Satellite Award, that industry's highest award.


About the filmmaker 



Kim received the Combs Gates Award for Flying the Feathered Edge, named one of the top aviation and aerospace films of all time by Flying Magazine. Having cut her teeth directing and editing documentaries, Kim has been sought out numerous times by both Harrison Ford and Tom Cruise for her sensitive, poetic, and powerful approach to storytelling.  Her penchant for drawing out the best performances in actors was forged in her years as an actor and stage director in Chicago and Los Angeles.  With a level head and workman-like approach, Kim takes everything she does to the next level aesthetically and delights in collaboration, always choosing and selecting the best artists in all departments to collaborate with.  Passionate about doing her best to help women and help solve issues of diversity, Kim is on the Executive Board of the Alliance of Women Directors, where she originated and spearheads their flagship Works in Progress program, sponsored by Canon and Fotokem.


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