Rudolf Anderson Memorial
Juli 14, 2009
Strolling through Greenville’s Cleveland Park you will discover this F-86 Sabre Jet near Ridgeland Drive. This F-86 Sabre Jet is a memorial, dedicated to Maj. Rudolf Anderson Jr. on May 19, 1963.
Commonly nicknamed „Dog Saber“, „Dog“ and the „Honey Bucket“ by its aviators, the Sabre Jet was one of the last military jets to be flown manually by a single pilot and Rudolf Anderson’s favorite airplane to fly.
Maj. Anderson, a Greenville native and Clemson graduate, became the only combat casualty in the Cuban Missile Crisis when his plane was shot down. While on a thirteen mile high reconnaissance mission over Cuba, Major Rudolf Anderson, Jr., a U-2 pilot, was shot down by a Soviet, SA-2, surface-to-air missile, during the Cuban Missile Crisis, on October 27, 1962.
He was the only man of any nationality to lose his life in the conflict. Some of the wreckage of Major Anderson’s U-2 can be found in two museums in Havana, Cuba.
© Flavia Westerwelle