SPOKANE, Wash. - Captain Tyler Voss had a passion for flying and was actually in the process of building a plane at Felts Field for the past two years. Now a group of pilots will finish that plane in tribute to their friend.
Inside the Experimental Aircraft Associations hangar things are unusually quiet. In the corner surrounded by parts and tools, a hand built RV-8 sits draped in an American flag. It is just hours from being finished.
The plane was being built by Captain Tyler Voss in hopes of getting it airborne before he was deployed. Just four days ago Captain Voss was killed along with two other airmen from Fairchild when their KC-135 went down in Kyrgyzstan. The 27-year-old joined the EAA two years ago and was one of the group's youngest members. During his time in the hangar and on the flightline, Captain Voss had the chance to share his passion with other pilots doing two things he loved: building and flying planes. Members in the group are now going to volunteer their time to finish building Captain Voss' plane before it's given back to his family as a tribute to their friend and fallen hero. At this year's Armed Forces Torchlight Parade there will be a special flyover in a missing man formation in honor of the crew from Fairchild.