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8th Annual Taste of Flight Gala, October 25, 2014

Colonel C.E. 'Bud' Anderson is a WW II Triple Ace fighter pilot and a veteran military experimental test pilot. 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. He was featured in the History Channel "Dog Fight" series and the Military Channel "Showdown: Air Combat." Bud was honored to be inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame. Planes of Fame Air Museum is honored to welcome him as keynote speaker at the 8th Annual 'Taste of Flight’ on October 25, 2014. You don’t want to miss this! Read more about Bud Anderson below.

In addition to Bud Anderson, artist Chris Demarest will attend.  Chris devotes his memorable art to painting intimate portraits of real World War II veterans in their prime, each accompanied with that veteran's story. The 8th Annual Taste of Flight will also feature wine and beer tastings and a delicious selection of food and desserts, entertainment, silent auction and much more! And of course, the Museum’s rare aircraft will be on display front and center.

Funds raised at the event benefit the programs and activities at Planes of Fame Air Museum including the Aviation Discovery Center as well as the P-59 aircraft restoration project underway. Help us "Keep 'em Flying" by becoming a sponsor. To become an event sponsor, contact Karen Hinton at 909.597.4754 or by email at Karen Hinton. We expect over 350 guests to attend. This event will sell out! Sponsorships are available now. Check back often for updates on the participating wineries and brewers and a list of auction items. Visit the Planes of Fame Air Museum and Taste of Flight Facebook page for all the latest event news as well. Join us Where Warbirds Fly and Aviation History Lives!

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  • 5:00 - Sponsor/VIP reception with Bud Anderson
  • 5:30 - Food, Beer, Wine Tasting and Silent Auction
  • 8:00 - Dessert Buffet
  • 8:15 - Keynote Address with Bud Anderson
  • 9:15 - Auction Check Out

More about Bud Anderson ...

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 missions (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 in Ohio, 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. At The Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards AFB in California, Col. Anderson was assigned as the Chief of Flight Test Operations and later Deputy Director of FlightTest. 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, logging over 7500 flying hours.

Other assignments in his 30 years of continuous military service include duty as: Commander of an F-86 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 two Legion of Merits, five 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 U.S. Army Aviation Cadet Program receiving his wings and commission in September 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.

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 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.

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", his book titled "To Fly and Fight'. He is married to the former Eleanor Cosby of Auburn CA, being married for over 60 years. They have two children and four grandchildren.

Photo acknowledgments: The 'Old Crow' photo used in the Taste of Flight wine glass logo courtesy of Paul Bowen. The image of Bud Anderson on the Taste of Flight billboard on the website homepage courtesy of Hirotoshi Inoue. The photo of Mr. Anderson today sitting on 'Old Crow' wing, a John Dibb's photo courtesy of the Real McCoys.


If you need hotel accommodations, Planes of Fame Air Museum has made special arrangments for Taste of Flight attendees with the Ayres Hotel in Chino Hills, CA and the Ontario Airport Hotel in Ontario, CA. Click on the respective hotel logos to go to the booking link for the hotel.


James and Jane Slattery

Rob and Susan Harrison
Kent Holiday

Paul Bordewich and
Brooke Maynard
Tom and Karen Nightingale
Thomas Camp
John & Liz Seibold
Robert & Christine Button

Carolyn Pardue


Gordon Home Brew