In 1966, Kern and Rinker Buck, two brothers ages 15 and 17, rebuilt and flew a 1946 Piper Cub from New Jersey to California. Rinker was the younger brother and this is his account of the trip: Flight of Passage (New York: Hyperion, 1997). He's a gifted writer, and the book is simultaneously a coming-of-age account of an amazing journey and a frank exploration of his coming to terms with his ex-barnstormer father. (Their father was also an executive for Look magazine, and in 1967 published his own book, But Daddy!, a humorous account of his experiences raising 11 children.)
Below, their flight route:
Although they didn't plan or seek this, their trip became a media sensation at the time. Afterwards, the boys even appeared on the popular TV show, To Tell The Truth.
For a taste of the author's style, see An Interview with Rinker Buck.
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