A Flight Of Passage

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Two teenagers have a plan for their summer that soars beyond mowing lawns or playing baseball ... they planned to launch over the weekend from New Jersey in their grandfather's 1946 Aeronca Champ, bound for California. Cousins Ben Dunckerley and Nick Reed, both 17, said they were inspired by reading Rinker Buck's memoir, "Flight of Passage," which tells of a similar summer adventure by two young brothers over 30 years ago. They expect to fly for about six days, camping out along the way, and spend a couple weeks with an uncle in California before flying home in time for school. "Once we read the book we thought it would be a good idea," Dunckerley told The Portsmouth Herald.