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Posted: 4/17/2017 9:56:49 AM EDT
It will be nice to see one flying again.

http://www.warbirdsnews.com/warbird-restorations/texas-flying-legends-museum-bearcat-restoration.html

The articles says one of Howard Pardue’s cats was used as a donor. Anyone know if that was Rare Bear?
Link Posted: 4/17/2017 10:08:46 AM EDT
They are the prettiest prop fighters ever made.

Link Posted: 4/17/2017 10:10:55 AM EDT
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It will be nice to see one flying again.

http://www.warbirdsnews.com/warbird-restorations/texas-flying-legends-museum-bearcat-restoration.html

The articles says one of Howard Pardue’s cats was used as a donor. Anyone know if that was Rare Bear?
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RareBear is owned by Rod Lewis. Howard died in his Bearcat.
Link Posted: 4/17/2017 10:18:08 AM EDT
Nice, I'm into Ellington every few months and would love to see this bird tearing up the pattern. TFLM is a terrific organization and they have been extremely generous with their time and hanger when I've stoppped by.
Link Posted: 4/17/2017 10:27:47 AM EDT
As these never saw much (if any) combat in US hands, it ought to be painted in the colors of the Armee de L'Air's 1/22 Groupe de Chasse "Saintonge". This was one of the squadrons that provided support to the garrison at Dien Bien Phu, and six F8F Bearcats from it were based there for a short while. The French used these aircraft to good effect as fighter-bombers against the Viet Minh in Indochina.
Link Posted: 4/17/2017 11:32:39 AM EDT
Great news and thanks !!

Flying one of those would be awesome and terrifying at the same time.
Link Posted: 4/17/2017 11:36:45 AM EDT
Needs more R-4360
Link Posted: 4/17/2017 3:12:47 PM EDT
Great article
Link Posted: 4/17/2017 3:37:03 PM EDT
I love the bearcat!
Link Posted: 4/17/2017 3:42:18 PM EDT
nice

weren't they designed to fly off of CVE's?
Link Posted: 4/17/2017 3:42:47 PM EDT
Quoted:
It will be nice to see one flying again.

http://www.warbirdsnews.com/warbird-restorations/texas-flying-legends-museum-bearcat-restoration.html

The articles says one of Howard Pardue’s cats was used as a donor. Anyone know if that was Rare Bear?
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Rare Bear, and 232, are both still sitting in the hanger at Reno/Stead without working engines.
Rod Lewis is going through a very long and expensive divorce case and most of his projects are on hold.
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