Based upon the autobiography of World War II triple-ace, Colonel C.E. “Bud” Anderson, To Fly and Fight, An American Life, there will be a new movie that makes it’s debut at EAA Airventure 2013 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on Monday, July 29th with an encore showing on Saturday, August 3rd at the Airventure Museum’s Skyscape Theatre.
During WWII, Anderson, flew 116 combat missions in P-51 Mustangs, scoring 16.25 kills. His P-51, “Old Crow” has been reproduced by many P-51s both flying and static display. Later, as an Air Force test pilot, he became chief of flight test operations at Edwards Air Force Base and deputy director of test flights. He served two tours at the Pentagon and commanded three fighter organizations. In 1970, he volunteered to return to aerial combat as commander of the 355th Tactical Fighter Wing, flying Republic F-105 Thunderchiefs in Vietnam. Bud Anderson has been decorated 25 times for his service to the United States.
In addition to the screenings of the new biopic, Bud Anderson will appear on the Main Plaza Stage at the Phillips 66 Plaza on Friday, August 2, at 11AM for a very special presentation hosted by David Hartman. The program is presented by EAA Warbirds of America and Disabled American Veterans, and is a part of the daylong Salute to Veterans activities. An abbreviated trailer of the biopic will be shown, and Bud will be available for questions from the audience.
The film is a coproduction of Sleeping Dog Productions Inc., the multi-award winning producers of aviation television documentaries for Military Channel, Outdoor Channel and others, and the Fagen Fighters WWII Museum of Granite Falls, Minnesota.