POSTED: Sunday, May 26, 2013 - 8:03am
UPDATED: Sunday, May 26, 2013 - 8:04am
A Viet Nam Hero was in Tyler today at the Historic Aviation Memorial Museum to tell over 100 guests about the maneuver he invented called the “Pardo Push.”
Captain Bob Pardo was flying F-4 Phantom’s on bombing missions out of Thailand during the Viet Nam War.
He and his back-seater were flying with wingman, Captain Earl Aman, on a mission near Hanoi in March of 1967.
During the mission, Aman’s plane was hit by ground fire and was leaking copious amounts of fuel.
He wasn’t going to make it out of hostile territory without help, so Pardo decided to push him along.
They tried two unsuccessful ideas until Pardo told Aman to lower his tail hook.
Though both men were in the Air Force, the Phantom came equipped with the hook for Navy use.
Pardo then propped the hook against the base of his canopy and pushed Aman’s F-4, which by now was out of fuel and essentially a glider.
A Phantom glides like a set of car keys, but Pardo managed to buy Aman enough time to eject over Laos, and his battle damage eventually forced him to eject as well.
Initially Pardo was reprimanded for the dangerous maneuver, but 22 years later, was given the Silver Star.