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FDL man receives aviation honor

3:25 PM, Sep. 23, 2013  |  Comments
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Leo Faucher of Fond du Lac has received one of the recreational aviation community's highest honors.

Faucher's aircraft was awarded a prestigious "Lindy" award at EAA AirVenture 2013 in Oshkosh. The Lindys are awarded by the EAA for high achievements in aircraft construction and/or restoration.

It is considered the highest award in the world in for recreational flight, according to EAA officials. The recognition is given for aircraft in 11 separate categories ranging from home-built aircraft and vintage airplanes to warbirds and ultralights.

Faucher received a Bronze Lindy in the Rotorcraft category for his Mosquito. It was one of fewer than 75 top awards out of 2,900 show planes eligible for judging.

Faucher said he received a heavy bronze statue of aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh.

"I've wanted to fly since I was 11 years old," he said.

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