Skip to comments.World War II flying ace C.E. Bud Anderson honored with Ford Mustang 'Old Crow' tribute car
Posted on 07/18/2019 2:03:58 PM PDT by jazusamo
Many photos at link.
Fords latest Mustang is a tribute to one of the originals. Not a car, but an airplane and the man who flew it.
The modified Mustang GT was built by Roush Performance for a charity auction benefiting the education programs of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). It features a paint scheme designed after the one on a World War II P-51 Mustang fighter known as Old Crow that was piloted by one of the most honored American airmen in history, C.E. Bud Anderson.
Anderson became a triple ace during the war with 16 ¼ victories in the skies over Europe, despite having started learning how to fly just a year before he joined the service in 1942. A member of the 363rd Fighter Squadron, he finished the conflict as a major and had a long career in the Army and Air Force as one of the countrys top test pilots, returning to combat in both Korea and Vietnam along the way. In recognition of his achievements, his WW 2 helmet and flight jacket are now a part of the Smithsonian collection.
The Californian retired from the service as a colonel in 1972 and became head of flight test operations at McDonnel Douglass, where he worked into the 1980s. Over the years, he piloted every type of aircraft imaginable, from fighter jets to bombers to cargo planes. He even flew helicopters, although he said he never officially got checked out to operate them.
The 97-year-old told Fox News that he flew until he turned 90, when he turned in his wings and drivers license. He said he started driving on his family's farm before he got the latter and enjoyed fast cars in his youth.
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I like Old Crow
So did my granddad, he kept a bottle in his refrigerator. :)
PC Ford went 95% of the way and then left the KILLS off the car. I KNEW they would do that. I just knew it. Showing “kills” would probably trigger a snowflake someplace and send them back to their “safe space”. If I’m Anderson, I hire a painter to sneak in and add them before auction, right at the base of the A-pillar on the left from quarter.
Oh, and the kills emblem would all be Camaros. Hee hee.
The kill flags belong to the pilot, not the plane.
LOL! I agree, and that’s a perfect place for them.
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That is beautiful. I want one. :)
I got to meet Robert L Scott around 1995. He was well up into his 80s but still sharp and really charismatic.
I think there is some debate about his kills but it was about the same as Anderson.
Is nobody going to mention that Bud Anderson was one of Chuck Yeager’s best friends, and that they were in the same squadron during WWII?
I imagine that’ll go for a pretty penny at auction being it’s for a charity.
You just did and thanks. :^)
Have to agree with BoT here. Unless Anderson is the driver, the kill silhouettes dont belong on the vehicle. Anderson earned them, not the buyer - let the buyer go amass his own kill record.
You did. Thank you. I had forgotten that.
D or K?
(The only difference, as I recall, was the propellor: Hamilton-Standard versus Aeroproducts.)
Perhaps because of his association with the AVG and flying over the Hump?
Could be. I think he flew with the Flying Tigers when he was not legally with them.
Are the fenders reinforced enough to get my kills on Antifa personnel?
Might want to look out for the Jaguar, though - it's a killer and it comes with twin .50cal Ma Deuces.
Great! Hard to choose. I really hate protesters who block streets and all the jaywalkers in downtown Baltimore.
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