Howard will be missed. Over 30 years ago I was a 2nd LT in the Air Force and flying the C-130 at Dyess AFB in Abiline, TX. A ride in a buddy's Ercoupe, turned into a ride in Jake Miller's T-6. Jake flew, with me, to Howard's airport in Breckenridge. Howard showed me his collection and then took me for a special flight in his T-6. Howard was an ex-Marine fighter pilot and oil man that used his money to preserve and fly his beautiful warbirds.
Howard was a big part of my most memorable days in aviation and his passing is a loss for the entire aviation community.
Howard Pardue was one of the finest Aviators of our time. He was a great Airshow performer and Race Pilot.
I have flown with him in airshows and air races since 1987. he will be missed very much. He was a great friend.
its inappropriate the post from "elmog" above is from an ill informed want to be who has know idea of which he writes.
Was at the Reno Air Show in '87, and watched with amazement as Howard and 'Bearcat' raced.
Also that day met and conversed with Greg "Pappy" Boyington, at what was to be one of his last public appearances.
Two great pilots....now flying together !!
Howard was an aviation living legend. A distinguished pilot who put his money in the thing he most loved. I couldn't believe the comments by elmog. Some guys should think things over before typing their completely out of bounds thoughts. For Howard, Fair Skies and Following Winds.
@rburkowski I'm confused: To whom should Howard have turned in his keys? Was this Howard's Bearcat or yours? He maintained it and gassed it up and showed it off to the world for decades. He did his part to make sure we could all still see and hear these machines in their element. How many planes have you rescued and preserved? Got an F-4 salted away so one day my grandkids can see those nifty orange flames? No? Oh.
Considering that 99% of warbirds were unceremoniously scrapped, let's not criticize those who have actually spent the time and money and saved one for us all to enjoy (or twenty-odd in Howard's case). He didn't owe you squat. You want the keys to one? Go buy one or build one. Then turn the keys over to whomever you like when your time comes.
Very sad news. I was privileged to spend several days with Howard and his Corsair N67HP during the filming of Mark Meyers "Classics & Jets"