The Champaign Aviation Museum’s annual fundraising gala in April is to feature Bud Anderson, a decorated World War II pilot and National Aviation Hall of Fame enshrinee.
Anderson will speak on Saturday, April 18 in the museum’s hangar on Historic Grimes Field in Urbana. Scheduled activities include a social beginning at 5:30 p.m., a flyover of the museum’s B-25 Champaign Gal at 6:15 (weather permitting) and dinner at 7.
Clarence E. “Bud” Anderson flew 116 combat missions in World War II and received credit for downing 16 1/4 enemy aircraft in aerial combat, making him a triple ace in the P-51 Mustang. Anderson went on to fly 130 types of aircraft, including experimental aircraft as a test pilot assigned to Wright Field (now Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.)
Tickets for the fundraising event are $125 per person Seating is limited and the museum encourages early registration. Tables may be purchased at a range of sponsorship levels that include additional benefits. The Champaign Aviation Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.