Asked how he got the nickname "Pops," the 11-year veteran and Air Force Academy graduate answered, "You have to blow a lot of tires."
Anderson explained how McDonald would put the aircraft through a series of maneuvers including a split "S," a four-point roll, three rapid rolls, a double-Immelman, "a 9-G max performance turn" and a maximum performance climb. In the latter, the F-15's two Pratt & Whitney turbofan engines generate almost 24,000 pounds of thrust each, enough power to stand the fighter on its tail and send it straight up like a rocket.
Anderson, who graduated from the Air Force Academy six years ago, said the jets used for the demonstrations are not specially modified. They are combat aircraft from their unit at Eglin, the 33rd Fighter Wing.
One of the jets being used in the demonstrations this weekend has a past. Beneath the cockpit are three stars for the Mig-23 and two SU-22 fighter aircraft it downed during the Persian Gulf War.
Other modern aircraft will be competing with the Confederate Air Force for the attention of visitors. A Navy F-14 Tomcat and an F-117 "Stealth" fighter are among the aircraft scheduled for flybys. Those jets and the F-15s won't be able to use the airfield in Frederick because the runways are not long enough.
An array of Allied and Axis aircraft will also take to the skies this weekend. The Confederate Air Force is based in Midland, Texas, but Frederick Wing Leader Col. Bob Flint said the airshows help bring history to life.
"In a museum, you can't hear them, you can feel them, you can't smell them, you can't touch them. This is a truer experience," he said Thursday. The Wings of Freedom Airshow will begin at 8 a.m. each day and run until about 6 p.m.
Visitors will have opportunity to get up close to the vintage aircraft from 8 to 11 a.m. each day. After that the props start turning and the show really begins.
Tickets for the event are $10 for adults and $5 for children 6 and older; children under 6 are admitted free.