|Frank B. Baker and his J-3 Piper Cub|
The author grew up during the "Golden Age of Aviation" and WWII and always has been participant in things aeronautical. He is a well-known designer of radio control model airplanes. He has published numerous magazine construction articles for such models, specializing in multi-engine WWII bombers. In 2015, the national Academy of Model Aeronautics inducted Frank into the Model Aviation Hall of Fame.
During the Korean War, he was a navigator in B-26's flying day and night weather reconnaissance as well as night photo missions out of K-14 air base near Seoul, Korea.
In 1969 he restored a badly damaged Piper Cub to like new condition. He received his Private Pilot Certificate in the same year. Since then he has accumulated over 3,000 hours of flying time in this Cub. Much of this time has been acquired on long cross-country flights to distant parts of the United States, totaling some 71,695 miles. Routes, such as to Denver and Lock Haven, PA, have been flown many times. He also has considerable experience in mountain flying.
In parallel with being a Piper Cub pilot, the author has been a University professor and researcher in the field of psychometric theory and has published a number of books in this area.
He is a long time member of EAA, the Cub Club, and of the Midwest Antique Airplane Club.