1/33 Aces Bud Anderson Old Crow P51B Mustang Paper Model

1/33 Aces Bud Anderson Old Crow P51B Mustang Paper Model

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Anderson was born in Oakland, California, and raised on a farm near Newcastle, California. In January 1942, he enlisted in the United States Army as an aviation cadet and received his wings and commission as a second lieutenant in September 1942.

Anderson flew two tours of combat against the Luftwaffe in Europe while with the 363rd Fighter Squadron of the 357th Fighter Group, based at RAF Leiston, England, and was the group's third leading ace with 16¼ aerial victories. His P-51 Mustang, nicknamed Old Crow, carried him safely through 116 missions without being hit by fire from enemy aircraft and without Anderson ever having to turn back for any reason. He returned to the United States in February 1945 as a captain.

With over thirty years of military service, Anderson was a test pilot at Wright Field (where he also served as Chief of Fighter Operations) and Edwards Air Force Base (where he was Chief of Flight Test Operations and Deputy Director of Flight Test), served two tours at the Pentagon and commanded three fighter organizations. From June to December 1970 he commanded the 355th Tactical Fighter Wing, an F-105 Thunderchief unit, during its final months of service in the Vietnam War, and retired in March 1972. He was decorated twenty-five times for his service to the United States.

After his retirement from active duty as a colonel, he became the manager of the McDonnell Aircraft Company's Flight Test Facility at Edwards AFB, serving there until 1984.

During his career, he flew over 100 types of aircraft, and logged over 7,000 hours. Anderson is possibly best known for a close friendship with Chuck Yeager from World War II, where both served in the 357th Fighter Group, to the present. Yeager once called him "The best fighter pilot I ever saw."

In 1990, Anderson co-authored the book To Fly & Fight—Memoirs of a Triple Ace.

On July 19, 2008, Anderson was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame. If you enjoy building this paper model, please contribute a review!.

P-51B Bud Anderson's Old Crow Paper Model

 

P-51B Bud Anderson's Old Crow Paper Model

 

(Photos below courtesy of Gerardo Escobedo)

North American P-51 Mustang Old Crow Paper Model

 

North American P-51 Mustang Old Crow Paper Model

 

North American P-51 Mustang Old Crow Paper Model

 

North American P-51 Mustang Old Crow Paper Model

 

North American P-51 Mustang Old Crow Paper Model

 

North American P-51 Mustang Old Crow Paper Model

 

North American P-51 Mustang Old Crow Paper Model

 

North American P-51 Mustang Old Crow Paper Model

 

North American P-51 Mustang Old Crow Paper Model

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