The "Latest News" page is dedicated to letting the world in on what is new and exciting going on at Triple Tree. Plus giving you an insight on the daily activities and people, whose works make Triple Tree a place you want to bring your family and friends. Not only to enjoy the aircraft flying and on display, but to see one of the most beautiful aerodromes in the world and learn about aviation of all kinds!  Mr. Pat and the gang at Triple Tree are always working to improve the property and facilities, in an effort to make your visit here one of the most memorable experiences in your life.



                                   TRIPLE TREE FLYER – July 2014

In this edition:

Friends of Triple Tree – “Uncle” John Hartness
South Carolina Breakfast Club
CAP Glider Weekend
Upcoming Events

Friends of Triple Tree – “Uncle” John Hartness

If you attend just about any Triple Tree event, you’re going to be greeted and perhaps shown around by Uncle John Hartness. Uncle John, in addition to being Pat Hartness’ real uncle, is considered to be the favorite “uncle” for all of the staff, volunteers and guests. Uncle John is a retired dentist that just loves aviation and especially aviation at Triple Tree. John, at 91 years of age, is often seen out with Pat digging trenches to lay irrigation lines or on a golf cart taking visitors for a tour. His positive, happy outlook on life and his enthusiasm for Triple Tree events is truly inspirational.
John’s love of aviation started, like most of us, when he was a child. According to John, he just loved airplanes from the start. He and other family members built model airplanes and progressed from free flyers to control line and later to R/C models. In 1939, John took his first flight in a light aircraft and he was hooked! Later, while in the army, John says he pretty much spent all of his army pay on airplanes. A first stop at each new army post was the local airport. John has owned several aircraft thru the years. His hands-down favorite was his Pitts Special. To this day, when he describes doing aerobatics in the Pitts, you can see his eyes light up! He currently owns a Mooney.
So, the next time you’re at Triple Tree and see John, please stop to say hello. You will spend some quality time with a great individual, make a new friend and get to know a true gentleman. For sure, you will go away from the experience with a new “uncle” of your own.

South Carolina Breakfast Club

Wow! It seems that everything with wings arrived at Triple Tree on Sunday, July 13. Over one hundred and twenty aircraft arrived on a spectacular morning.


 The traffic flow into Triple Tree was very smooth with Sonny and the other volunteer controllers giving great advisories to the pilots. Once on the ground, Ken Kelley and the army of parking volunteers directed the aircraft to orderly parking. What a sight to see one hundred and twenty plus beautiful airplanes all lined up!