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Howard Pardue taxies the F8F Bearcat "Kimberly Kaye" during the 2004 Reno Air Races. BuNo 88458 was one of the first two prototypes ordered by the U.S. Navy in 1943. The Bearcat entered the Navy's air squadrons to late to see action in World War II. In  April of 2012 Howard crashed while on takeoff losing his life and destroying the aircraft.