Felts Field pilots honor Fairchild Capt. killed in Kyrgyzstan

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by WHITNEY WARD & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 11 at 11:40 PM

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -- Members at the EAA hanger said the Air Force Captain killed in the KC-135 crash on Friday was a fixture at Felts Field.

Wally Ware worked with Captain Mark Tyler Voss in the Experimental Aircraft Association at Felts Field. He remembers Voss as a passionate pilot. Voss refurbished a two-seater aircraft at home with his military friends.

“He wanted a glass cockpit in it. Kind of like what he had in the KC-135,” said Ware.

Vance Simons also worked with Voss. He said he had been planning to perfect that plane so his children could fly in the young eagles program.

“He really wanted to be a part of that, but he knew to do that, he needed to have a good safe airplane,” said Simons.

Both men said they hope to complete Voss’s plane so it can fly again in his memory.

Voss' KC-135 plane was on a refueling mission for Afghanistan war operations at the time of the crash, a U.S. defense official in Washington said, speaking anonymously because he was not authorized to discuss the details of an ongoing investigation.

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