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Honoring General Bud Anderson

May 23, 2024 11:15AM ● By Aerospace Museum of California News Release

Bud Anderson stands in front of his beloved Old Crow plane. Photo courtesy of the Aerospace Museum of California

MCCELLAN, CA (MPG) - On May 17 at 5:29 p.m., World War II Triple Ace Brigadier General Clarence E "Bud" Anderson passed away in his home peacefully in his sleep, surrounded by his family. He was 102.

Brigadier General Anderson, a true American hero, achieved more than 16 victories in aerial combat during World War II while flying his P-51 Mustang, Old Crow. Throughout his distinguished military career, Anderson flew three different models of the P-51 Mustang, all proudly bearing the name and paint scheme of "Old Crow."

The Aerospace Museum of California “extends heartfelt condolences for the passing of this remarkable U.S. Air Force pilot. His bravery and dedication to our country's freedom will forever be honored and remembered at the Aerospace Museum of California. 

A young Bud Anderson is happy to serve his country. Photo courtesy of the Aerospace Museum of California

Our world is a better place because of him and the incredible legacy that he leaves behind. Always a kind gentleman and a true friend of the museum, Bud graciously signed autographs, answered any questions, and offered a firm handshake accompanied by his warm Anderson smile. He generously shared his incredible stories and personal artifacts with the public and his contributions have enriched our understanding of history and inspired countless individuals.

A hero, legend, fighter ace, role model, and American icon, may he forever fly in blue skies. General Bud, you will always be remembered.”

Learn all about his legacy and more at

Honor General Bud with a donation to the Brigadier General Bud Anderson STEM Education Fund. Triple Ace General Bud Anderson has made many incredible contributions to aviation, and he will continue to inspire future generations to explore STEM careers. His love and passion for education are at the heart of the museum’s mission to “honor the past and inspire the future through STEM education.”