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CONNIE PARDEW
Aviation Features Writer
A-12 40th Anniversary
Eastham
National Air Races - Air Show 2002
F/A-22 Operational Activation
Frank Murray
Connie Pardew at Nellis AFB 2004 Air Show
Roadrunners
Aviation Nation 2002
Blackbird Reunion
Cold War Monument
Cold War Memorial
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Connie Pardew is a freelance writer based in Reno, Nev. She has a background in broadcasting and advertising. Pardew has written articles ranging from business profiles to feature articles in local publications.

She was a staff writer and volunteer for Aviation Nation (Nellis Air Show) and is currently the Media Coordinator for the National Aviation Heritage Invitational - a competition at the Reno Championship Air Races. The Invitational encourages the preservation and restoration of historic aircraft to airworthy condition and to the very highest standard of workmanship and historical accuracy.

Her real love is telling the story of the people, past and present that make things happen in the aviation community. She has the highest regard for our aviation pioneers and the sacrifices they made to protect us and give us a promising vision for the future. Gina Pardew. Future explorer with a project she did for school---on Mae Jemison-first African/American woman astronaut.br />
Pardew was just a child when most of the Roadrunners were working behind the scenes in obscurity, protecting our freedom. "Most people don't realize what was going on during those times," she said. "Little did we know that mysterious black birds were nested in the Nevada desert and a group of committed individuals were devoted to such a project? I feel very privileged to know these individuals and am grateful for their Connie and Michael at 2004 Blackbird Laurels awards ceremony and dedication."

Connie treasures Roadrunner friends and her life has changed in many ways because of folks like Frank Murray, Roger Andersen, Dick Roussell, TD Barnes, and Tony Bevacqua. One of her most unforgettable experiences was taking the trip to Mobile, Alabama in June 2008 to honor fallen A-12 pilot, Jack Weeks at the Battleship Alabama Memorial Park

Although she never served in the military, she holds our Veterans very dear to her heart. "Every time I meet a veteran, I take the time to shake their hand and express my gratitude," she said.

Pardew lives with her husband, David and daughter Gina. Her son is currently serving in the United States Navy as an aircraft handler on the flight deck onboard a Nimitz-class carrier.

Pardew's full time occupation is with a major airline. The flexibility of working at an airline affords her the opportunity to freelance and the chance to fly to various destinations and events.

Son Michael and mom Connie Pardew on USS Stennis Tiger Cruise and home coming 2009
Michael and his mom Connie Pardew on Stennis Tiger Cruise and home coming 2009

Gina  USS Stennis home coming 2009
Gina on USS Stennis home coming 2009

Gina and Michael  USS Stennis home coming 2009
Gina and Michael on USS Stennis home coming 2009

Michael in intake 2 on the USS Stennis 2009
Michael on Stennis intake 2 2009

Michael on deck USS Stennis 2009
Michael on deck Stennis 2009


Pardew
Connie Pardew with M/G Goldfein, Steve Ritchie, Bill Anders, and Chris Paterakis at 2005 Nellis AFB Air Show


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Roadrunner Jim Eastham with Connie at the A-12 40th Anniversary, April, 2002 Lt. Col (Ret) and former U-2 and SR-71 pilot, Tony Bevacqua with Connie and her son, Michael at the July, 2002 Joint Chiefs Firepower Demonstration on the Nellis range. Connie Pardew Meeting Gen Hal Hornburg, ACC Commander at 2002 Nellis Capstone Fire Power Demonstration Connie Pardew With Roadrunners TD Barnes, Roger Andersen and Dick Roussell at the Cold War Memorial dedication, Las Vegas, Nev., October, 2002. Connie Pardew interviewing Former Apollo and Shuttle astronaut, Vance Brand at the 2002 Reno Air Races Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman and Connie Pardew at Nellis Air Show 2003
Roadrunner Jim Eastham and Pardew at the A-12 40th Anniversary, April, 2002 Lt. Col (Ret) and former U-2 and SR-71 pilot, Tony Bevacqua with Connie and her son, Michael at the July, 2002 Joint Chiefs Firepower Demonstration on the Nellis range Connie Pardew Meeting Gen Hal Hornburg, ACC Commander at 2002 Nellis Capstone Fire Power Demonstration Connie Pardew With Roadrunners TD Barnes, Roger Andersen and Dick Roussell at the Cold War Memorial dedication, Las Vegas, Nev., October, 2002 Connie Pardew interviewing Former Apollo and Shuttle astronaut, Vance Brand at the 2002 Reno Air Races Connie Pardew and Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman at 2003 Nellis AFB Air Show
 Clay Lacey, owner of Clay Lacey Aviation and pilot, best known for aerial photography and choreography of numerous movies including Top Gun, Right Stuff, Flight of the Intruder and Behind Enemy Lines Connie and Gina in the Lockheed Electra formerly owned by one of the founders of TWA. His daughter now owns it. Gina in the Lockheed Electra  Jeff Lee - Director of Media Productions Aviation Nation. Hap Halloran, a decorated WWII veteran, and Connie. Gina and astronaut Neil Armstrong enjoying the Reno air races 2005
Clay Lacey, owner of Clay Lacey Aviation and pilot, best known for aerial photography and choreography of numerous movies including Top Gun, Right Stuff, Flight of the Intruder and Behind Enemy Lines Connie and Gina in the Lockheed Electra formerly owned by one of the founders of TWA. His daughter now owns it. Jeff Lee - Director of Media Productions Aviation Nation. Hap Halloran, a decorated WWII veteran, and Connie' Gina in the Lockheed Electra . Gina and astronaut Neil Armstrong enjoying the Reno air races 2005
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Connie and Astronaut Neil Armstrong at Reno Air Races - 2004

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