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.

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