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Grumman G-58 F8F-1 Bearcat NL14HP
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No: 4441   Contributor: Peter Langsdale   Year: 2006   Manufacturer: Grumman   Country: USA
Grumman G-58 F8F-1 Bearcat NL14HP

Flown by Howard Pardue at the Reno Air Races in September 2006. C/n 90446/14-P.
Picture added on 12 February 2008
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I regret to report that this aircraft crashed on April 4, 2012, killing the pilot, Howard Pardue, shortly after take-off from Stephens County airport, near Breckinridge, West Texas, USA.
Howard joined the US Marine Corps in 1953 and following training at NAS Pensacola flew the Grumman F9F Panther, NA FJ-4 Fury, Vought F8U Crusader, McD Douglas F-4 Phantom and Douglas A-4 Skyhawk. He retired with the rank of Major after 12 years.
THis aircraft was the oldest surviving Bearcat, registered as NL14HP, and was the 10th of 23 development aircraft built by Grumman in early 1945.

Added by Peter Langsdale on 22 April 2012.
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