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Standout Air Force fighter ace to speak at Castle

Col. Bud Anderson will speak at Castle on Saturday, Nov. 16.
Col. Bud Anderson will speak at Castle on Saturday, Nov. 16.

Atwater’s Castle Air Museum this weekend will welcome Colonel Clarence “Bud” Anderson USAF (Ret.) — our nation’s oldest living triple fighter ace from World War II.

Anderson is expected to give a power point presentation on his WWII exploits on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 1 p.m., at the museum’s welcome center, at 5050 Santa Fe Drive.

The pilot flew 116 missions during WWII and is credited with downing 16 Nazi aircraft during that period. He went on to an illustrious career and flew over 130 different types of aircraft and logged approximately 10,000 flight hours over his 30 year career in the U.S. Air Force, which culminated in his service flying the F-105 Thunderchief during the Vietnam War against communist targets.

Col. Anderson has been decorated 26 times and was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in July 2008. In 2015, the U.S. Congress awarded him the Congressional Gold Medal with other aces.

Anderson truly is a living legend from the “Greatest Generation.”

After the presentation attendees will have the opportunity to purchase his book “To Fly And Fight,” which he will personally autograph.

For further information, please contact the Museum at (209) 723-2178, or the Gift Shop at (209) 723-2182. You can also view the website at:

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