Billy Lynam’s involvement in aviation spans more than five decades. He soloed in 1932 and in the late 1930’s, he opened a flying school at Sumter Airport.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a commissioned officer and instructor pilot. After the war, he reopened the Sumter County Airport; serving as its operator until 1976 and as manager until 1981.
Lynam served as FAA Pilot Examiner and Accident Prevention counselor. He founded Sumter Airways, Inc. and Sumter Aero Applicators, Inc. A past president of the South Carolina Agriculture Aviation Association, he is also a member of the South Carolina Breakfast Club. He was in the first group of QBs in South Carolina, in the Columbia Hangar.
One of South Carolina’s aviation pioneers; he has devoted most of his life to flying.