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Editor’s note: This is the latest installment in our weekly series called simply the “Friday Photo.” Each week we’ll share a great photo taken from the cockpit – one that shares the joy, beauty or fun of flying. If you’d like to join in, send your photo and description (using the format below) to: [email protected]

Chuck Tippett photo

The view: My first selfie! (Grandma wants to know how the grandsons are doing)

The pilot: Chuck Tippett, with grandsons Ryder and Maverick, plus Dixie the family dog

The plane: 1946 Piper J-3 Cub

The mission: I am off on Mondays and spend these days with “my boys.” A drive to the beach is two hours; even in the Cub at 65 mph, the flight is less than 45 min. We all fly down in the morning and spend all day having FUN on the beach and back home by time grandma gets home!

The memory: It will last a lifetime! Their dad (my son) soloed this Cub 13 years prior, on his 16th birthday. Grandpa will be  celebrating flying for his 30th year this November and is a CFI.

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6 replies
  1. Gordon
    Gordon says:

    Hi Chuck,

    Great pic! What did you do to the baggage compartment to support your black lab? I have a 1941 J-3 C65 that I would love to get my english springer Nick up with me.

  2. Brian Rechtiene
    Brian Rechtiene says:

    Great photo Chuck! This is exactly the thing that people that don’t fly don’t realize! How it can shrink even the smallest of trips to make great memories! Well done.

  3. Mark Fay
    Mark Fay says:

    Best FRIDAY PHOTO ever!!!!

    Perfectly captures the sweetness flying life!

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Ted Miller
    Ted Miller says:

    Great Photo, reminded me of my first flight. My great friend Paul Ward WWll vet, now deceased, took two neighbor kids up in his Taylorcraft, I was one of the two and only 8 or 9 years old. One flight and I was hooked for life. Over 70 now and still flying.

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