Air Show Honors Triple Ace
MATHER, CA (MPG) - Arriving at Mather Field by airplane and vintage jeep, ace pilot Clarence “Bud” Anderson was guest of honor at the California Capital Airshow last weekend.
The event saluted more than 100 WWII veteran attendees, whom Congressman Ami Bera called “the greatest nation’s greatest generation.” Among the hundreds of contemporary aircraft at Mather Field, prop-powered fighters from the European and Pacific theaters were soaring war birds. Over two days, their fly-pasts and barrel rolls delighted 100,000 observers at Mather Airport.
Just three months after the 70th anniversary of D-Day, Colonel Bud Anderson (92) was a timely guest. During missions against the Luftwaffe, the Oakland-born pilot scored 30 aircraft “kills” and was hailed a “Triple Ace.” He remains one of the most highly-decorated officers in US Air Force history. Brigadier General Chuck Yeager once called Anderson “the best fighter pilot I ever saw.” By contrast with WWII aircraft displayed at the show, this year’s headliner was a 2005 US Air Force F-22 Raptor. The aircraft’s capabilities include supersonic flight, the ability to take off vertically, and to stop mid-air.
Presented by Sacramento County, the show is among the largest of its kind in the United States. The ninth annual expo saluted 100 years of aviation history. The non-profit event donates proceeds to scholarships and educational programs for young people who aspire to careers in aviation, science, math and aerospace. Learn more about the California Capital Airshow at www.californiacapitalairshow.com.