Wednesday, April 4, 2012
A Hero Passes ...
Howard Pardue, a legend in the Warbird community, has passed away. His F8F Bearcat fighter crashed on takeoff at his home field of Breckenridge, TX this afternoon. Howard did not survive.
I knew Howard, though not well. I had spent some time over dinner with him and my cousin, and at various airshows over the years. Though I was not a member of the 'pilot clique', he always treated me well.
I am stunned. This man was larger than life, one of those characters you think will live forever.
Godspeed Howard ... you will be missed.