Published in The Washington Post on Mar. 29, 2020
ROBERT SHANE VIOLETT "Bob"
October 30, 1941 ~ March 21, 2020
Died at home in Winter Springs, FL. Lived in College Heights Estates, MD and
Damascus, MD before moving to Florida.
Bob Graduated from Gonzaga High Schoo (1959)l; attended University of Maryland
prior to enlisting as a Navy Jet Carrier Pilot flying the F-8 Crusader and the A-4 Skyhawk
during the Vietnam War. Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross among many others.
Pilot for Eastern Airlines and later opened BVM Models, known worldwide to model
Predeceased by his infant son, Robert S. Violett, Jr. (buried in Arlington Cemetery).
Survived by his wife of 58 yrs., Patricia Pennoyer Violett and daughters Marcia Jones,
Patty Generali, Debbie Violett and their families; three grandchildren; sisters, Mary-Anne
Schoeb and Marcia Geoghan.
Buried March 21 Cape Canaveral National Cemetery. Donations may be made to
Vietnam Veterans of America Association at www.VVA.org
Full death notice may be found at www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries and www.bvmjets.
With extremely heavy hearts we regret to announce that our founder and namesake Bob
Violett passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2020, at home surrounded by his loving
Passionate is probably the best word to describe Bob. He was one of the lucky ones that
could turn the passion of his hobby into a career as well. He always said that you can’t be
successful running a model airplane company unless you had a passion for the hobby.
And run a model airplane company was something that he did very well. BVM Jets was
started in 1981 when BV was still a pilot at Eastern Airlines. Starting with his Sport Shark
ducted fan model, he traveled the country going to events to show off his product
capabilities. He followed his original models with his iconic Viper, Aggressor, and the
scale F86. All of which became industry standard-bearers. Bob developed BVM Jets into
much more than a model airplane company. The BVM Jets brand became synonymous
with quality and excellence, so much so that people and companies want to be associated
with it worldwide. When the first JPX turbine engines became available he jumped at the
chance to use his knowledge to make sure his airframes would be able to handle this
exciting innovation. Teaming with Kent Nogy they entered the first turbine-powered model,
the BVM T-33 into competition in the 1994 Top Gun Invitational in West Palm Beach
Florida. Bob knew there was a revolution coming to the Model Jet industry and he
embraced it wholeheartedly. Using his Engineered For Success motto, he developed
numerous scale and sport airframes all with his signature instruction package, plans, and
innovative accessories. He knew that if a modeler would buy one of his airplanes that they
would be coming back for more, and they did, with many of these people becoming not
just customers but lifelong friends as well. At the BVM facility, there are a few things you
could always count on; a large number of airplanes and trophies in the showroom, thirty-
plus years’ worth of pictures on the walls, Patty on the telephone, and some young blood
that BV would be mentoring or being mentored to. Bob was never afraid to have new up-
and-coming people work with him, He embraced it. He knew he could teach his ways and
learn from them, new technologies that were always being developed in the industry.
Some of the great young talent that came through the BVM factory were Chris Huhn, David
Ribbe, Dustin Buescher, Tommy Dodgen and currently Rob Lynch. He loved working with
them and the energy that they would provide. It gave him pride to know that the Model
Airplane industry was going to be in good hands for future generations.