Ahipara man in Air Force
The Royal New Zealand Air Force has taken Ahipara man Chris Lynch across the globe.
Corporal Lynch, works as an aircraft technician for the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) and has recently returned from the United States, where he took part in Exercise Mobility Guardian 17, a biennial air mobility exercise.
Corporal Lynch said ahead of the trip in July he was looking forward to the challenge of working at the fourth largest military establishment in the world, near Washington.
While at boarding school at Saint Kentigern College in Auckland, Corporal Lynch, 24, attended a careers event, where he saw the possibility of combining his love for mechanics and sport alongside an exciting career.
‘‘I was done with the classroom thing and getting paid to learn seemed like a great idea,’’ Corporal Lynch says.
Working as an aircraft technician on No.40 Squadron, Corporal Lynch says he never knows what the day might bring.
‘‘One day it is routine maintenance, dispatching and receiving the aircraft.
‘‘The next day I am working on changing a propeller.’’
‘‘If I hadn’t joined up I would probably be working on a car engine somewhere but working on a complex system like this aircraft is a far greater challenge.’’
A career with the Royal Air Force has taken Corporal Chris Lynch from Ahipara to the United States.