Presentation free of charge and open to public
EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (November 8, 2016) — Col. Clarence “Bud” Anderson, a triple ace fighter pilot during World War II, is the featured guest for the EAA AirVenture Museum’s Aviation Adventure Speaker Series on Thursday, November 17.
Anderson’s presentation discussing his aviation experiences begins at 7 p.m. that evening in the museum’s Founders’ Wing. It is free of charge and open to the public.
During a 15-month period from November 1943 to January 1945, Anderson served two combat tours as a P-51 Mustang pilot escorting heavy bombers over Europe. During his 116 combat missions, he earned 16¼ air victories as part of the famed 357th Fighter Group. After the war ended, Anderson became a test pilot and flew more than 130 different types of aircraft, including some experimental military projects. One of the aircraft he flew, the Culver PQ-14, target drone, is currently part of the EAA museum collection.
Anderson also served as commander of an F-86 fighter jet squadron in post-war Korea, an F-105 wing at Okinawa, and commander of the 355th Tactical Fighter Wing in Southeast Asia. After retirement from the U.S. Air Force in 1972, Anderson joined the McDonnell Aircraft Company and for 12 years was manager of the company’s test flight facility at Edwards Air Force Base.
EAA’s Aviation Adventure Speaker Series brings unique and historic aviation experiences to museum attendees, conducted by passionate aviators with one-of-a-kind stories to tell. Immediately after the presentation, guests are invited to a “beyond-the-barrier” cockpit climb in the various World War II-era aircraft.
About EAA AirVenture Museum
The EAA AirVenture Museum is located just off Interstate 41 at the Highway 44 exit in Oshkosh. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. EAA members receive free museum admission year-round. For more information, call the EAA AirVenture Museum at (920) 426-6108 or visit www.eaa.org/museum.