Uncle John’s 100th Birthday Flight

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Uncle” John Hartness’ 100th Birthday Flight


June 2023

Triple Tree Aerodrome Celebrates “Uncle” John Hartness’ 100th Birthday, Showcasing Triumph of the Human Spirit.

Woodruff, SC — June 7, 2023 — Triple Tree Aerodrome, a distinguished non-profit organization dedicated to aviation education and heritage preservation, proudly announces a momentous occasion in its history. On Sunday, June 25th, 2023, the Aerodrome will honor “Uncle” John Hartness, a cherished volunteer and remarkable pilot, as he celebrates his 100th birthday by taking to the skies in one of our aircraft.

A resident of Rocky Mount, NC, “Uncle” John Hartness, the brother of Tom Hartness, who founded the globally recognized Greenville corporation, Hartness International, has steadfastly supported Triple Tree Aerodrome for many years. He is an esteemed volunteer and continues to inspire as an active pilot, embodying a passion for aviation that has touched countless lives.

Joining “Uncle” John in the cockpit on this momentous occasion will be a pillar in the aviation community, Pat Derrick. Pat, an experienced pilot with thousands of hours of flight time, brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to this landmark event. Pat Derrick has made significant contributions to the field throughout his career. He has amassed extensive experience flying for Hartness International and previously owned a flight school in Greenville. In addition to his impressive credentials, Pat Derrick is a valued Board Member for The Triple Tree Aerodrome.  Pat’s dedication to aviation and tireless efforts to mentor young pilots have earned him the respect and admiration of his peers.

“Our organization is thrilled to celebrate the remarkable life of ‘Uncle’ John Hartness, whose dedication to aviation and our community is truly extraordinary,” said Robb Williams, Executive Director of the Triple Tree Aerodrome. “This exceptional event emphasizes our mission to foster a love for aviation among young individuals while highlighting the invaluable mentorship provided by individuals like ‘Uncle’ John.”

Triple Tree Aerodrome invites press members to join us for this joyous celebration of “Uncle” John Hartness’ 100th birthday. Witness the triumph of a century of life and the indelible mark left by mentors like “Uncle” John. Come to the Triple Tree Aerodrome on Sunday, June 25th, 2023, at 3 pm and be part of an extraordinary event that embraces the spirit of aviation, youth, and mentorship. This historic achievement signifies the resilience of the human spirit and the transformative power of mentorship that cannot be found within the pages of traditional textbooks.

For more information about the Triple Tree Aerodrome, including our educational programs, please visit www.tta.aero

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