SPOKANE, Wash.—Saturday marked one year since a KC 135 tanker crashed in Kyrgyzstan that killed three Fairchild airmen. A friend of one of the airmen took over a project the airman had been doing before his death.
Captain Mark Tyler Voss had been refurbishing a small plane. A friend took over the project in honor of him. That friend presented the finished planed to Voss’ family on Saturday.
Marcy and Wayne could not put their emotions into words when they were presented the plane. Matt Perroux had worked on the plane non stop for a year to finish their son’s plane.
“Everything came rushing forward. The memories of Tyler flying. Just an appreciation of what Matt has done. What he's contributed is just beyond imagination,” said Marcy Voss.
Voss’ parents said he loved to fly and grew up in the air with them. They said the plane was a way to hang on to their good memories of the airman.
"It was a part of him. It was what he loved. And having that is a part of him and a part of him for us to keep and hold on to and to bring back to those wonderful fun memories of him flying in the air plane,” said Marcy Voss.
Voss’ parents said the plane was a reminder of all the people who helped get them through the year since their son’s death.
"It's been a huge blessing to come back and see people who love Tyler. Who have since loved us. It's been an amazing year.”
Perroux planned to fly the plane to Voss’ family in Texas in June.