Blue Skies Howard Pardue ...... Lost Today

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Blue Skies Howard Pardue ...... Lost Today

Joined: April 4th, 2005, 3:00 pm

April 4th, 2012, 11:05 pm #1

Howard Pardue is the owner and operator of this beautifully restored rare Grumman XF8F-1 Bearcat, which is one the first two prototypes ordered by the US Navy in November, 1943.

Seen many times taking part in many Heritage Flights across the US.

Was sadly lost today flying his Bearcat this afternoon shortly after takeoff from Stephens County Airport near Breckinridge, Texas.

Blue Skies........


Link to Bio: http://www.warbirddepot.com/aircraft_fi ... pardue.asp
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Joined: February 27th, 2005, 4:00 pm

April 4th, 2012, 11:11 pm #2

I know that Purdue was a great pilot, I've seen him perform several times over the years. But what on earth is a 77 year old doing flying a high performance, and irreplaceable F8F Bearcat? It isn't a question of whether you CAN, it's whether you SHOULD.

Don't misconstrue, my thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Pardue's family.

Cameron
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Joined: April 21st, 2005, 4:12 pm

April 4th, 2012, 11:17 pm #3

Anyone who gives you grief over your comment is an idiot! He probably should have hung it up at 77, but who knows? I'll add a comment that will surely get some flak. He would eventually die anyway, but it's a shame to lose the aircraft.
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Joined: March 6th, 2005, 7:44 am

April 4th, 2012, 11:27 pm #4

Howard Pardue is the owner and operator of this beautifully restored rare Grumman XF8F-1 Bearcat, which is one the first two prototypes ordered by the US Navy in November, 1943.

Seen many times taking part in many Heritage Flights across the US.

Was sadly lost today flying his Bearcat this afternoon shortly after takeoff from Stephens County Airport near Breckinridge, Texas.

Blue Skies........


Link to Bio: http://www.warbirddepot.com/aircraft_fi ... pardue.asp
rescuing so many warbirds...many of the popular warbirds seen at shows are the result of Pardue's intervention.

RIP Howard Pardue.
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Joined: November 10th, 2006, 3:04 pm

April 4th, 2012, 11:37 pm #5

I know that Purdue was a great pilot, I've seen him perform several times over the years. But what on earth is a 77 year old doing flying a high performance, and irreplaceable F8F Bearcat? It isn't a question of whether you CAN, it's whether you SHOULD.

Don't misconstrue, my thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Pardue's family.

Cameron
we, as a society, will not tell someone "no".....

this may be a discussion for somewhere else, some other time....

"The FANS are fighting back!!!"
"The SECURITY GUARDS are fighting back!!!"
"The PEANUT VENDORS are fighting back!!!"
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Joined: February 27th, 2005, 8:03 pm

April 4th, 2012, 11:46 pm #6

I know that Purdue was a great pilot, I've seen him perform several times over the years. But what on earth is a 77 year old doing flying a high performance, and irreplaceable F8F Bearcat? It isn't a question of whether you CAN, it's whether you SHOULD.

Don't misconstrue, my thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Pardue's family.

Cameron
He had a valid medical from the FAA and a lot of experience in his F8F. To assume he was too old to manage that airplane is way beyond your level of expertise.
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Joined: February 27th, 2005, 8:03 pm

April 4th, 2012, 11:47 pm #7

Anyone who gives you grief over your comment is an idiot! He probably should have hung it up at 77, but who knows? I'll add a comment that will surely get some flak. He would eventually die anyway, but it's a shame to lose the aircraft.
But it's a shame to lose the aircraft?

What a rotten thing to say, Ed.
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Joined: February 15th, 2009, 5:46 am

April 4th, 2012, 11:56 pm #8

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Joined: February 15th, 2009, 5:46 am

April 4th, 2012, 11:57 pm #9

Anyone who gives you grief over your comment is an idiot! He probably should have hung it up at 77, but who knows? I'll add a comment that will surely get some flak. He would eventually die anyway, but it's a shame to lose the aircraft.
There's tons of them still flying. Somebody died.
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Joined: April 26th, 2006, 11:30 pm

April 5th, 2012, 12:01 am #10

He had a valid medical from the FAA and a lot of experience in his F8F. To assume he was too old to manage that airplane is way beyond your level of expertise.
The reasons for this accident may very well have nothing to do with his age. "Warbirds" are very high performance aeroplanes as we all know. Look at the number of fatalities during training alone in WW2. Until something is known from the investigation, it's pointless speculating that his age alone was the issue. Just perhaps have a thought for his family.
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