“Pardo’s push” of March 10, 1967 was preceded by a similar event. In 1952, fighter ace Robbie Risner pushed fellow flyer Joe Logan sixty miles. The two men were flying F-86 Sabre jets and successfully cleared hostile territory, but Logan bailed out over water, was tangled in his canopy lines, and drowned. Risner was deemed a hero, but by Pardo’s account, pilots were not encouraged to partake in similar activities.
Pardo’s push may have saved the lives of pilot Earl Aman and his weapons system officer Bob Houghton. But it would be decades before their efforts were recognized by the Air Force. Bob Pardo and Steve Wayne eventually earned the Silver Star for the act.
Pardo was later quoted saying that they’d gotten Earl and Bob back, and that’s all they wanted.