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It took Jerry Lynch 800-plus hours to build this vibrant red and yellow RV-12 light sport aircraft, complete with 12,000 rivets. Since the late 1950s, Lynch has worked on planes, first as a mechanic in the U.S. Marine Corps aircraft wing and then with a major airline for 25 years.

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Highflying fun

Retired aircraft mechanic builds a light sport plane

Jerry Lynch declares he has the bug. An all encompassing high flying sickness for aviation. Flying he says fondly, “is like a disease.” A disease so impermeable that two years ago when Lynch decided to sell off his fleet of planes and take up another hobby, the bug bit back and Lynch willingly bought a kit for an RV-12 light sport aircraft.

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