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AOPA Super Cub Sweepstakes

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Follow the AOPA Super Cub Sweepstakes as Baker Air Service in Montana transforms the wrecked ranching workhorse into a Superior Super Cub.



Super Cub Sweepstakes comes together

  • Baker Air Service’s Roger and Darin Meggers and Jon Anderson work on the Super Cub’s engine. Photo courtesy of Aerotronics.
  • Instrument panel and wiring are in! Photo courtesy of Aerotronics.
  • The Super Cub’s sleek fuselage shines in Lock Haven Yellow. Photo courtesy of Aerotronics.
  • Pilot and passenger can keep their electronic devices charged thanks to True Blue Power, a division of Mid-Continent Instrument Co. Inc. Photo courtesy of Aerotronics.
  • There’s logic in this madness of wires for the instrument panel and aircraft lights. Photo courtesy of Aerotronics.
  • As many as seven people were working on the Super Cub at one time, from working on the engine to installing the instrument panel to putting on the wings. Aerotronics joined Baker Air Service for a couple days of marathon work. Photo courtesy of Aerotronics.
  • The Sweepstakes Super Cub is taking shape! Photo courtesy of Aerotronics.
  • Aerotronics technician Isaac Horn, who designed the panel, helps with the installation and tests the intercom volumne. Photo courtesy of Aerotronics.
  • Garmin’s two G5s, aera 660, and J.P. Instruments EDM 900 shine all powered up in the Sweepstakes Super Cub’s instrument panel. Photo courtesy of Aerotronics.
  • Airtex Interiors completes the Super Cub’s seats with leather from Perrone Aerospace. Photo courtesy of Airtex Interiors.
  • Baker Air Service’s Jon Anderson works on the Super Cub’s new Lycoming O-320 engine. Photo by Alyssa J. Cobb.
  • Lining up the Super Cub’s signature lightning bolt. Photo by Alyssa J. Cobb.
  • Just days before the Super Cub’s planned test flight, it’s all hands on deck at Baker Air Service. Photo by Alyssa J. Cobb.
  • With the front cowling on, the new Lycoming O-320 160-horsepower engine pops, with the silver against the Lock Haven Yellow. Photo by Alyssa J. Cobb.
  • The Super Cub’s tail art gives a nod to the aircraft’s backcountry prowess, with a bear cub, lake, and mountain scene. We’ll be giving the aircraft away with tundra tires, amphibious floats, and hydraulic skis. Photo by Alyssa J. Cobb.

Sweepstakes Super Cub’s panel comes together

  • Aerotronics' Technician Isaac Horn’s blank slate for what will become the Super Cub’s high-tech panel. Photo by Isaac Horn. Photo by Isaac Horn.
  • TAerotronics' Technician Isaac Horn cuts the avionics panel to fit in the gear position indicator and switch for Wipaire’s Wipline 2100 amphibious floats. Photo by Isaac Horn.
  • Before cutting the actual instrument panel, Aerotronics of Billings, Montana, checks the fit with the Super Cub’s instruments on a plastic template. Photo courtesy of Aerotronics and Baker Air Service.
  • Cutting the panel. Photo by Isaac Horn.
  • Panel is cut and ready for instruments! Photo by Isaac Horn.
  • Left side panel markings for the throttle and water rudder control. Photo by Isaac Horn.
  • Left wing root panel with digital clock from Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics and USB charging ports from True Blue Pwer, a division of Mid-Continent Instrument Co. Photo by Isaac Horn.
  • Rendering of the Sweepstakes Super Cub instrument panel. Image by Isaac Horn.

Sweepstakes Super Cub components get prepped and painted

  • The AOPA Sweepstakes Super Cub’s Lycoming O-320 160-horsepower engine arrives in Baker, Montana, to be fitted on the airframe. Photo courtesy of Baker Air Service.
  • Wings and control surfaces are covered using fabric and coatings from Consolidated Aircraft Coatings. Photo courtesy of Baker Air Service.
  • Once all of the inner workings of the Super Cub are in the fuselage, it gets covered and painted. The Sweepstakes airplane will be the traditional Lock Haven yellow! Photo courtesy of Baker Air Service.
  • Baker Air Service’s Darin Meggers gets the Super Cub’s cabin together. Photo courtesy of Baker Air Service.
  • Baker Air Service’s Darin Meggers is meticulous in his work restoring the AOPA Sweepstakes Super Cub. Photo courtesy of Baker Air Service.
  • Baker Air Service’s John Anderson works with Darin Meggers on the Super Cub’s restoration. Photo courtesy of Baker Air Service.
  • Wings and control surfaces are covered using fabric and coatings from Consolidated Aircraft Coatings. Photo courtesy of Baker Air Service.
  • Baker Air Service Owner Roger Meggers works on covering the Super Cub’s left wing. Photo courtesy of Baker Air Service.
  • Baker Air Service duo, father-son Roger and Darin Meggers cover a wing with polyester fabric from Consolidated Aircraft Coatings. Photo courtesy of Baker Air Service.
  • Baker Air Service’s Darin Meggers preps the wing for covering. Photo courtesy of Baker Air Service.
  • Control surfaces are covered with fabric from Consolidated Aircraft Coatings. Photo courtesy of Baker Air Service.
  • Baker Air Service’s John Anderson fits the aileron false spars.
  • The Super Cub’s tail surfaces have been repainted and are ready for covering.
  • Up close: A flap hanger and other parts get covered with polyurethane paint so they are protected from the elements.
  • Small wing parts and braces are all primed and ready to install.
  • Aileron flap hinges and small wing parts that have been inspected, primed, and painted.
  • Wipaire’s 2,000-pound gross-weight increase kit installed on the Super Cub’s wing.
  • Baker Air Service’s Darin Meggers works on the Wipaire 2,000-pound gross-weight increase kit.
  • Baker Air Service Owner Roger Meggers modifies one of the wing ribs for the Wipaire 2,000-pound gross-weight increase kit.
  • Baker Air Service’s John Anderson installs Wipaire’s 2,000-pound gross-weight increase kit on the wings.
  • Looking down on the Super Cub’s wing spars, fuselage, and ribs that have been painted and prepped.
  • Nose ribs that go in between the main ribs are painted and laid out in the foreground, with the wing ribs, fuselage, and wing spars set up in the background at Baker Air Service.
  • The wing ribs are painted yellow and then laid out in the main bay at Baker Air Service for installation.
  • After being acid washed, the Super Cub’s wing ribs are ready for paint.
  • The AOPA Super Cub Sweepstake’s fuselage with the titanium firewall from F. Atlee Dodge installed.
  • The Sweepstakes Super Cub’s parts are loaded on the trailer for the trek from Univair in Colorado to Baker Air Service in Montana.
  • Baker Air Service Owner Roger Meggers has had the “CUB BLDR” license plate on his pickup for about 10 years.
  • Baker Air Service’s Darin Meggers with Univair Owner and President Jim Dyer at the Univair facility in Colorado.
  • Univair Sales Representative Bill Little.
  • Baker Air Service’s Darin Meggers boxes up the Super Cub’s wing flaps for safe transport from Colorado to Baker, Montana.

Sweepstakes Super Cub's humble beginning

  • Photography of the 2018 AOPA Sweepstake Piper Super Cub restoration by Baker Air Service's Roger and Darin Meggers.Baker Air Services (BHK)Baker, MT USA
  • Photography of the 2018 AOPA Sweepstake Piper Super Cub restoration by Baker Air Service's Roger and Darin Meggers.Baker Air Services (BHK)Baker, MT USA
  • Photography of the 2018 AOPA Sweepstake Piper Super Cub restoration by Baker Air Service's Roger (R) and Darin (L) Meggers. Shown is the original damaged spinner and propeller.Baker Air Services (BHK)Baker, MT USA
  • Photography of the 2018 AOPA Sweepstake Piper Super Cub restoration by Baker Air Service's Roger and Darin Meggers.Baker Air Services (BHK)Baker, MT USA
  • Photography of the 2018 AOPA Sweepstake Piper Super Cub restoration by Baker Air Service's Roger and Darin Meggers.Baker Air Services (BHK)Baker, MT USA
  • Photography of the 2018 AOPA Sweepstake Piper Super Cub restoration by Baker Air Service's Roger  and Darin Meggers.Baker Air Services (BHK)Baker, MT USA
  • Photography of the 2018 AOPA Sweepstake Piper Super Cub restoration by Baker Air Service's Roger and Darin Meggers.Baker Air Services (BHK)Baker, MT USA
  • Photography of the 2018 AOPA Sweepstake Piper Super Cub restoration by Baker Air Service's Roger and Darin Meggers.Baker Air Services (BHK)Baker, MT USA
  • Photography of the 2018 AOPA Sweepstake Piper Super Cub restoration by Baker Air Service's Roger and Darin Meggers.Baker Air Services (BHK)Baker, MT USA
  • Photography of the 2018 AOPA Sweepstake Piper Super Cub restoration by Baker Air Service's Roger  and Darin Meggers. Shown are the damaged landing lights.Baker Air Services (BHK)Baker, MT USA
  • Photography of the 2018 AOPA Sweepstake Piper Super Cub restoration by Baker Air Service's Roger  and Darin Meggers. Shown is a photograph of the Cub before the accident, along with log books.Baker Air Services (BHK)Baker, MT USA
  • Photography of the 2018 AOPA Sweepstake Piper Super Cub restoration by Baker Air Service's Roger  and Darin Meggers. Shown is the log book for the aircraft before the accident.Baker Air Services (BHK)Baker, MT USA
  • Photography of the 2018 AOPA Sweepstake Piper Super Cub restoration by Baker Air Service's Roger  and Darin Meggers. Shown is the owner's manual for weight and balance.Baker Air Services (BHK)Baker, MT USA
  • Photography of the 2018 AOPA Sweepstake Piper Super Cub restoration by Baker Air Service's Roger and Darin Meggers.Baker Air Services (BHK)Baker, MT USA
  • Photography of the 2018 AOPA Sweepstake Piper Super Cub restoration by Baker Air Service's Roger  and Darin Meggers. Shown is the previous owner of the aircraft, Bill and Brenda Allison, of Allison Saddlery.Allison SaddleryRound Up, MT USA
  • Photography of the 2018 AOPA Sweepstake Piper Super Cub restoration by Baker Air Service's Roger  and Darin Meggers. Shown is the previous owner of the aircraft, Bill and Brenda Allison, of Allison Saddlery.Allison SaddleryRound Up, MT USA
  • Photography of the 2018 AOPA Sweepstake Piper Super Cub restoration by Baker Air Service's Roger  and Darin Meggers. Shown is the previous owner of the aircraft, Bill and Brenda Allison, of Allison Saddlery.Allison SaddleryRound Up, MT USA
  • Photography of the 2018 AOPA Sweepstake Piper Super Cub restoration by Baker Air Service's Roger  and Darin Meggers. Shown is the previous owner of the aircraft, Bill and Brenda Allison, of Allison Saddlery.Allison SaddleryRound Up, MT USA