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Founded in 1989, the
Pacific Coast Air Museum
is a non-profit organization whose mission is to To Educate and Inspire both young and old about our aviation heritage and space technology, to Preserve historic aircraft and artifacts, and to Honor veterans.

"One seldom finds such a collection of user-friendly aircraft amidst congenial hosts and lovely wine-country weather. Learn about the vast array of educational programs, scout activities and the opportunities for birthday parties and other gatherings. Bring your family - bring the kids from school - bring the scout troop. ...you´ll find it hard to leave."
Tom Reed
Secretary of the Air Force
1976-77

Member Meeting:

October 20,
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Come hear WWII Triple Ace Colonel (Ret.) Bud Anderson talk about flying the P-51 Mustang in WWII

Join us at our Pacific Coast Air Museum October 20th Membership Meeting to meet and hear our guest speaker Col Clarence (Bud) Anderson. Col Anderson is a WW II Triple Ace fighter pilot and a veteran military experimental test pilot.

During WW II he served two combat tours escorting heavy bombers over Europe in the P-51 Mustang, Nov 1943 through Jan 1945. He flew 116 combat mission (480 hrs) and destroyed 16 and 1/4 enemy aircraft in aerial combat and another one on the ground.

Col Anderson was decorated 25 times. His awards include 2 Legion of Merits, 5 Distinguished Flying Crosses, the Bronze Star, 16 Air Medals, the French Legion of Honor and the French Croix de Guerre, as well as many campaign and service ribbons.
Col Clarence -Bud- Anderson

In 1990 Col Anderson wrote an autobiography with another author which has been described by The Historian Of The Air Force as "the finest pilot memories of WW II". In this book titled "TO FLY AND FIGHT' Gen Chuck Yeager describes Anderson as " a mongoose, .. the best fighter pilot I've ever seen".
TO FLY AND FIGHT
Bud remains an avid pilot, maintaining his Flight instructor rating and flying P-51s. He lectures on his flying experiences, has consulted on computer flying games, participates in written and online interviews and writes articles for aviation periodicals.
Complete Bio from Col Anderson web site: http://www.cebudanderson.com/

COLONEL CLARENCE E "BUD" ANDERSON USAF RETIRED

Col Anderson is a WW II Triple Ace fighter pilot and a veteran military experimental test pilot.

During WW II he served two combat tours escorting heavy bomber over Europe in the P-51 Mustang, Nov 1943 through Jan 1945. He flew 116 combat mission (480 hrs) and destroyed 16 and 1/4 enemy aircraft in aerial combat and another one on the ground.

He has an extensive flight testing background spanning a 25 year period. At Wright-Patterson AFB OH he was a fighter test pilot and later became Chief of Fighter Operations. He flew many models of the early jet fighters and was involved in two very unusual flight test programs. He made the first flights on a bizarre experimental program to couple jet fighters to the wingtips of a large bomber aircraft for range extension. Later he also conducted the initial development flights on the F-84 Parasite fighter modified to be launched and retrieved from the very large B-36 bomber. At The Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards AFB CA Col Anderson was assigned as the Chief Of Flight Test Operations and later Deputy Director of Flight Test. While there he flew the Century series fighters and all the other types of aircraft in the Air Force inventory. He has flown over 130 different types of aircraft and has logged over 7500 flying hours.

Other assignment in his 30 years of continuous military service include duty as: Commander of an F86 Squadron in post war Korea, Commander of an F-105 Wing on Okinawa, and two assignments to the Pentagon as an advanced R & D staff planner and as Director of Operational Requirements. Further, he served in Southeast Asia where he was Commander of the 355th Tactical Fighter Wing. Col Anderson flew bombing strikes against enemy supply lines and later was in charge of closing the first large air base when his combat wing was deactivated.

Col Anderson was decorated 25 times. His awards include 2 Legion of Merits, 5 Distinguished Flying Crosses, the Bronze Star, 16 Air Medals, the French Legion of Honor and the French Croix de Guerre, as well as many campaign and service ribbons.

He learned to fly at age 19 gaining his private pilots license in 1941 through the Civilian Pilot Training Program while attending college. In Jan 1942 he entered the US Army Aviation Cadet Program receiving his wings and commission in Sept 1942. He received his test pilot training by completing the AMC Performance Course (1948) and the Stability and Control Course (1949) while at Wright-Patterson AFB OH.

Born in Oakland CA he spent his early years on a rural farm near Newcastle CA. He attended Placer Union High School, Sacramento Jr College and the George Washington University. Military education includes the Air Command and Staff College and the Army War College. He is a life member of the American Fighter Aces Association and holds the rank of Fellow in the Society of Experimental Test Pilots.

He is married to the former Eleanor Cosby of Auburn CA, they have been married over 60 years. They have two children and four grandchildren.

After retirement from the Air Force in Mar 1972 he joined the McDonnell Aircraft Company and served for 12 years at Edwards AFB as Manager of the Company Flight Test Facility.

After full retirement in 1984 the Andersons moved from Lancaster and now reside in Auburn CA. In 1990 Col Anderson wrote an autobiography with another author which has been described by The Historian Of The Air Force as "the finest pilot memories of WW II". In this book titled "TO FLY AND FIGHT' Gen Chuck Yeager describes Anderson as " a mongoose, .. the best fighter pilot I've ever seen".

Bud remains an avid pilot, maintaining his Flight instructor rating and flying P-51s. He lectures on his flying experiences, has consulted on computer flying games, participates in written and online interviews and writes articles for aviation periodicals.


New Location:

Mesa Beverage Company, Inc.
3200 N. Laughlin Road. Santa Rosa, CA

Directions: From Santa Rosa, take Highway 101 North and exit at Airport Blvd. Turn left on Laughlin Road toward the museum. The Mesa building is located on the left side of the street just past the museum and Nob Hill south gate.

Missed one?

January The B-24 Liberator in the China-Burma Theater - Al Pisenti
February TYak 3U “Steadfast” & P-51 Mustang "Voodoo"
Reno Air Race Unlimited Pilot - Will Whiteside
March
B-24 Liberators at Guadalcanal - Art Cader
April Flying the Edge of America - - David Millett, Julia Buss
May Linebacker Two Operations over N. Vietnam
June Plane Jane
July REACH Air Medical Services
August Wings Over Wine Country Air Show
September Saturn V - The First 700 Seconds


Don't miss the next one!

November 17




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