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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!
- 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 ...
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.
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.
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.
Participating Vintners: Bella Luna, Cass Winery, Jack Creek Cellars, Venteux Vineyards
Participating Brewers: Anheuser-Busch, Dale Bros., Gordon Home Brew, Stone Brewing Company, Wiens Brewing
Participating Restaurants/Caterers: Cannataro's, Gourmet Gourmet Catering, Impressions Catering, Lucille's Smokehouse BBQ, Picasso's Cafe-Bakery and Catering, Spaggi's Restaurant and Catering,
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