Jo & Steve Alcorn’s Adventures in a J3 from Indiana to Florida

Jo Bachman-Alcorn sent some beautiful pictures of her and husband Steve’s “adventures in a J3 from Indiana to Florida”. Besides being a taildragger pilot, Jo has flown the Women’s Air Race since 2006 and is currently a director for the Air Race Classic.

Freezing out of Bedford, IN into headwinds.

“Hi, folks, Steve and I just got home from our latest adventure ferrying a 1939 J3 Cub from Bedford, IN to Winter Haven, FL.  We left in freezing temps and it stayed that way into Florida.  12 stops, 3 full days, avg.  50 knots ground speed, don’t need a GPS- only a calendar!”

Here are a few fun photos from the trip…

Stopped at deserted Breckenridge, KY (below) in hopes of fuel. No one there and no fuel...

After fueling at Elizabethtown we headed south to Lafayette, TN.

Out of Lafayette, TN at 2000' thru the pass at treetop level....She wasn't a climber!

Out of McMinnville Airport thru the TN valley (above) at 2000' again.....and over the Blue Ridge Valley (below). Finally had tailwinds (90 knots) for that leg.

And the end of a long first day in Rome GA. 27 degrees in the am. A valve stuck.

After some sunshine to provide a little warmth toward noon, we were on our way south again....

Just keep heading south to LaGrange, GA

Landing with our shadow at Eufaula, AL

...then on to pretty little Quincy, FL airport without paved taxiways.

Then down thru desolate Perry, FL and Cross City....across the Shawnee River. Â See the seaplane base?

Thru rain showers around Inverness, FL

And finally into Winter Haven. Home!


  • elisa bretterebner
    Posted at 13:01h, 28 November Reply

    Hi Jo, these are really great pictures and I loved to read your storry about getting your nice plane to Florida!
    Best regards from LOXA, Austria

  • Lynn Gardner
    Posted at 22:29h, 21 November Reply

    Should a stopped at my place on the way by….would have loved to see you Jo oh and Steve too. LOL My hangar and shop are all done at 7FL7

  • Faith D
    Posted at 18:14h, 21 November Reply

    Oh, there’s my home base, Quincy, FL. I wish I had known you were coming, we gal pilots there would have rolled out the welcome wagon for you!

  • Sallie
    Posted at 06:27h, 21 November Reply

    These are super pictures Jo. Especially the one of the shadow. Looks like it may have been cold but still a good time. Florida’s a nice place to be this time of the year.

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