Col. C. E. Bud Anderson American WWII Triple Ace Fighter Pilot (without signed name plate)





General Background


Clarence Bud Anderson was born in Oakland, California in 1922. In Jan., 1942 he enlisted in the United States Army as an aviation cadet and received his wings and commission as a second lieutenant in the USAAF in Sept 1942. 

During WWII, Anderson was the 357th Fighter Group's 3rd leading ace with 16.5 aerial victories. His P-51D Mustang, nicknamed "Old Crow", carried him safely through 116 missions without being hit by any enemy aircraft's fire and without Anderson ever having to turn back for any reason. Anderson returned to the United States in Feb. 1945 as a Major. 

With over 30 years of military service, Anderson was a test pilot, served at the Pentagon, commanded the 355th TFW in Vietnam and having been decorated 25 times retired as a Colonel in 1972. 

Bud Anderson became manager of the McDonnell Aircraft Company's Flight Test Facility until 1998 when he retired. With over 7,000 flight hours he has flown over 100 types of aircraft. In July 2008, Bud was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame.





Captain Eugene Cernan "The Last Man on the Moon"

Wenig auf Lager  




General Background

Eugene Andrew "Gene" Cernan was born in Chicago in 1934 to a Slovak father and a Czech mother. During his military career he was a Naval Officer, Fighter Pilot and Astronaut. Eugene Cernan went into space three times, Gemini 9A, Apollo 10 and Apollo 17 he also was backup for Gemini 12, Apollo7 and Apollo 14. On one of Gene Cernan's EVAs he wrote the initials of his daughter Tracy on a moon rock and he was the last man to leave the moon. A couple of other accomplishments are attributed to him, while piloting the Lunar Rover on its final ride he set a new speed record for the moon, 11.2 mph. Another speed record he was involved with was during the return of Apollo 10 from the moon on May 26, 1969. The capsule reached a speed of 24,791 mph, making it the highest speed ever reached by a manned vehicle. In 1976 Captain Eugene Cernan retired from military life for the private business world.