SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -- A plane that belonged to a fallen Fairchild airman was almost ready to fly with the help of his friends but now needs more work.
The plane belonged to Captain Mark ‘Tyler’ Voss, who died in a tanker crash in 2013.
Voss’ friend spent thousands of hours at Felts Field working to have the plane ready for Skyfest, but a few expensive parts need to be replaced to finish the plane.
Matt Perroux set out to finish his friend's plane right after he died. He finished it just before the one-year anniversary of his death. A week later, he learned there were cracks in the carburetor.
“A little bit of a kick in the gut but I’d rather have a safe plane,” Perroux said.
He knows he is close to having the plane ready but without replacing the parts, he will not be able to start test flying the plane.
“Every time I make a step forward, it seems like I take two steps back,” said Perrooux.
He has now created a Go Fund Me account to help cover the cost.
Skyfest 2014, the air show hosted at Fairchild, is May 31. Perroux hopes to have Voss’ plane there for everyone to see.
“Two more weeks, it’s not much time and I’m coming down the line so pushing hard,” said Perroux.
It is another setback but he knows he can complete it in order to honor his friend and the plane he loved so much.