Dignitaries from the USA and Germany, as well as local media representatives witnessed on November 20, 2008 the festive “roll-in” of the Super Star into its new overhaul hangar at Auburn-Lewiston airport.
Even though it looks “vintage” to the layman’s eye, the Super Star of the year 2017 is principally a new aircraft. More than 90 percent of all structural parts have been removed and replaced by newly fabricated structural elements.
Furthermore, every single component, like landing gears, propellers, hydraulic components, electric cables, flightdeck instrumentation and flight control items, has been removed, meticulously overhauled or newly fabricated. While some of these components have already been re-installed, others will follow suit.
Apart from the aircraft itself, its four Curtiss-Wright piston engines have been thoroughly checked, and will soon be re-attached to the wing.