Cross Country Voyage Retraces Flight Made 48 Years Ago in the Same Aircraft

Dates: June 22, Lock Haven, PA - July 2, Riverside, CA

In 1966, as teenagers, Rinker Buck and his brother Kern made a journey from the East Coast to the West Coast in a 1949 Piper PA-11. Rinker later wrote a fascinating memoir detailing this trip titled, Flight of Passage. Fast forward 48 years: the same cub now owned and fully restored by Chris Nesin will again travel across the United States. The trip will begin from Sentimental Journey in Lock Haven, PA. at the beloved annual gathering of Cub enthusiasts. You may track Chris’s progress and see live updates of the journey all the way to Riverside, CA at There will be opportunities to support Chris’s trip as well as meet with him
and his wife April (also flying with him) at the local airports.

Rinker and Kern’s journey was a personal one; as this journey is to Chris and his family. This is a rare opportunity too to be a virtual part of grassroots cross country flying. Progress while flying a Cub will always be determined by the weather, so watch for updates on their whereabouts and video and blog updates as the trip progresses.

This journey is also helping raise awareness for the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer, a pediatric cancer Foundation working to restore the spirit of children and families dealing with the effects of pediatric cancer. More information on the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer can be found at: or To support and sponsor Retracing Flight of Passage please contact Dana Osmanski at
608-235-9696 or email her at There are many ways you canparticipate in this historic journey.