ANCHORAGE, Alaska — As Alaska Airmen’s Association Vice President Sven Lincke was handed the winning ticket for the annual airplane raffle on the last day of the 2016 Great Alaska Aviation Gathering, a hush came over the crowd gathered in the FedEx Maintenance hangar at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.
And then a hush came over Sven. Actually, his mic went dead — much to the chagrin of all those in attendance anxiously clutching a raffle ticket.
“She’s staying in Alaska,” said Sven, once his microphone kicked back on. The crowd roared.
“Joanna Livermont from Dillingham, Alaska, is the winner of the 2016 Alaska Airmen’s Association Super Cub Raffle.”
Built up by Talkeetna-based Above Alaska Aviation, the Cub had a steady stream of admirers all weekend. All 7,500 $60 tickets were sold before the winning ticket was pulled.
Turns out Joanna “is a pilot… and her son flies for Alaska. It looks like she will be keeping the airplane,” said Airmen’s Executive Director Dee Hanson.