Bud Anderson turned 90 today

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  1. Alte Hase

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    Hi All,

    I just thought I'd mention that Clarence E. "Bud" Anderson, the USAAF Mustang legend and triple ace, turned 90 today. I just spoke with his son Jim via email and he said is father was planning to celebrate this memorable day by taking up a restored P-51, as Col. Anderson is still a very active pilot at 90!

    I just wanted to take the opportunity to bring his birthday to everyone's attention and to personally offer my birthday wishes.
     
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    :salute: still flying at 90, that's awesome!
     
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    Heck!
    Colonel Anderson, please accept my best wishes (via our contact and your son) for your 90th Birthday, and for your achievements, both in Military and civilian life. You have been, and continue to be, an inspiration to my (just post war) generation, and successive generations.
    Those 'younger' generations, I hope and pray, will also learn from the privations you, and your fellows from whatever Air Force or Army, had to endure for our on-going freedom. This is something I only today confirmed with my (youngest) daughter, at University in London, who, to my great delight, is studying the major conflict (WW2) which shaped the face of our planet.
    For my children, my generation, and all those who 'failed to return' - I thank you for our freedom.
     
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    I'm very glad to hear such news. Col. Anderson, I wish you a very happy birthday.
     
  5. Njaco

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    Oh I can believe that he still flies. Very active. When I met him last year it was at the end of a long afternoon signing atuographs and he was still going.

    Happy Birthday Colonel!
     

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    #6 model299, Jan 13, 2012
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    That's an interesting picture. It made me recall an interview of him. He said that one day after a mission, as he was getting out of "Old Crow," he casually mentioned to his crew chief that perhaps they might want to think about going to bare metal, as it might offer a slight speed advantage. He said he was astounded to go out to his plane the next morning for that day's mission, and discover that his ground crew had spent the entire night stripping the olive drab off with gasoline. From the look on his face while he was talking about it, it was obvious (To me, at least.) that his ground crew was very special to him.

    Oh, and of course, happy birthday Col Anderson! Wishing you good health and many more to come.
     
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    Happy Birthday Colonel and thank you sir.:salute:
     
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    Happy birthday! That's a cool story about the natural metal job! I love seeing his interviews, he seems to be a straight forward guy! Also, I love Old Crow bourbon, bottoms up Colonel!
     
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    I met Col. Anderson at an airshow several years ago. He attended it with Chuck Yeager, and a couple of other pilots he flew with in the war. He autographed my copy of his book for me, and I enjoyed it immensely.
     
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    Happy Birthday Col. Anderson!
     
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    Happy birthday Bud! Great to hear he is still flying.
     
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    A Happy Birthday Sir !!! :salute:
     
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    truely one of the nicest guys you would ever want to meet. only had the pleasure once. Happy belated Birthday, Bud.
     
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