Triple Tree Update - J3 Cub Flight to 48 States!

Here is some news from Triple on a full-scale adventure!


Ben Templeton will soon begin his J3 Cub flight to all of the 48 contiguous United States!

From Triple Tree

We all know that this will be a fantastic adventure for Ben and that it will have a very positive effect on his life! Triple Tree has always been a very positive destination for all of our visitors and guests and Ben's adventure will certainly make this more known across the U.S.!

The Triple Tree Aerodrome is proud to support This event is the culmination of years of planning and developing our Aviation Centered Education Portfolio or ACE. ACE is a comprehensive group of educational programs designed for current and aspiring aviators of all ages.

One of the program participants, Ben Templeton, has asked to fly the iconic Triple Tree Aerodrome J-3 Piper Cub to all 48 states over the summer of 2021. The inspiration for this flight came from the founder of the Triple Tree Aerodrome, Pat Hartness. Patís son Ryan flew across the country and back when he was 18 years of age in the same J-3 Cub. Ben saw firsthand how the journey helped develop Ryan into not only an excellent pilot but a productive citizen. Ryan is now employed with FedEx as a 777 Pilot and Ben shares the same goal of one day becoming a commercial pilot.

Ben will also serve as a youth ambassador for the Triple Tree Aerodrome to fulfill our mission to ignite and expand the passion for aviation. Ben has meticulously planned out his journey to fly to 48 states and will land at over 100 airports. Some of his highlights along the way will be to compete in the International Miniature Aerobatic Club (IMAC) international competition at the Academy of Model Aeronautics Headquarters in Muncie, Indiana, and landing at Amboy Airport on the iconic Route 66 in California.

Support Ben in Multiple Ways!

I just got off the phone with Mr. Pat from Triple Tree. He wanted to make sure everyone was aware of a couple of ways they could support Ben on his trip.

$100 or more donation will get your name on the side of the Cub forever! Not only will your name fly around the country with Ben it will be on the Cub when it comes back home in the Triple Tree hangar! There will also be a big party for people that donated at Fall in the Nall this year! Go here to make that donation.

Flight Facilitators - There are a lot of logistics in a flight like this and Ben will need help. I will have a list of all the airports this week. Ben has a lot of things to do in the air. Having some help on the ground will take some of the load off. If you would like to help out on the ground you can contact Ben.

Ben will graduate in June and after walking across the stage to get his diploma, he will head to the airport to begin his 8300-mile journey. According to Benís calculations visiting all 48 states will take a little over 2 months. After completing the trip, he will fly to Middle Georgia State University, where he plans to Major in Aviation Science Management.

Ben estimates the cost to be $15,000, including fuel, lodging, food, and maintenance. He will be actively fundraising to finance this trip. Please visit the website to donate to the trip and to follow along with Ben on his journey!

Last edited by Jim T. Graham; May 10, 2021 at 03:54 PM..
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May 11, 2021, 01:30 PM
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Oh my! Might sound good/romantic/inspirational at first? But more like a trip from hell to me. Think this one out Ben. That Cub is dreadfully slow and weak. Would be a long pull in a jet.
May 15, 2021, 08:11 PM
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I couldn't dare to guess the exact date but one early afternoon in the late 70s a J-3 landed and taxied to the FBO where I was sitting and talking airplanes with some other guys, It was a young husband and wife team who had flown the Cub from Anchorage Alaska. Did I forget to mention that I was in Miami Florida at the time, at what was then known as 'The New Tamiami Airport. The couple grabbed a sandwich lunch, topped off the fuel and taxied out, took off and headed south. Their goal that day was to reach Key West. They were going to vacation for a while then fly the Cub back to Alaska. I never heard anything else so I can only hope they made it, They were both pilots and they would switch off flying duties while the other one slept.
That would have been a trip. Several thousand miles VFR with only a very basic instruments and a cheap-o NAV/COM radio.
Reminded me of the book, 'Biplane' by Richard Bach. "Across the country on an oil pressure gage. " Real seat-of-the-pants-flying


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