Lucky Winner Claims His Cub
Jeff Parnau, his wife Sandy and EAA's Elissa Lines
September 20, 2012 - Just 10 days after discovering he had won, Jeff Parnau arrived in Oshkosh Thursday to pick up his completely restored 1940 Piper J-3 Cub grand prize in the 2012 EAA Win the Cub Sweepstakes. "Sure is a lot better looking in person than it is in pictures," he said while walking around the airplane parked in the EAA Kermit Weeks Hangar.
Parnau, editor-at-large at World Airshow News magazine, has a flight school located at East Troy Municipal Airport. "I've already received calls from several people wanting to train in or rent the airplane," he said. One of the three flight instructors is also anxious to get started as he did all his training in a Cub back in the day.
EAA's Elissa Lines, vice president of development, handed the airplane over to Parnau. Parnau and his wife, Sandy, drove up from southern Wisconsin Thursday morning, planning to fly the plane back to East Troy Thursday afternoon.
The Cub, which commemorated this year's 75th anniversary of the iconic taildragger, has less than 100 hours on it since a complete airframe restoration and overhaul of its Continental A-65-8 engine. Restored to original condition, the airplane includes factory wheelpants, TrickAir Sport 1500 snow skis, sealed struts, Slick magnetos, and a 12-gallon wing tank.