Friend Finishes Building Plane To Honor Capt. Tyler Voss - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Friend Finishes Building Plane To Honor Capt. Tyler Voss

The project Captain Tyler Voss and his friend Matthew Perroux started together is finally coming to a close after months of hard work restoring Voss's personal plane.

Working on the plane is what brought the two together and now Perroux is close to completing what they started as a team on his own.

"I think by finishing this plane it will be good closure for me because I met him through this plane and to see it go will be good closure for the entire situation," Perroux said.

Captain Tyler Voss was one of the three airmen killed in Kyrgyzstan when their KC-135 aircraft crashed.

"When the names actually came out of the incident, I was actually working on the plane and got a phone call saying, 'hey, he was involved in this crash,' and I just kind of set things down and walked away," Perroux said.

Before Voss deployed, he spent a lot of his time with Perroux in the very place he received the bad news.

"I come here and think about the things we've done together and it's been nice, so that's why I try to keep his pictures on the plane," Perroux said. "It's a good reminder."

Perroux says he has put at least 500 hours into rebuilding the plane the two would fly together before deciding to refurbish it.

"Our last flight together was 200 miles an hour over the lake and he scared the crap out of me because, I don't know, it was interesting," Perroux said. "So, that was our last flight together before we started pulling it apart."

The hope is to have the plane completely finished within the next 60 days. When it is done, the plane will be given to Voss's family.

"His family is going to come up and they're going to check it out, do some test flights, and eventually take it home down to Texas," Perroux said. "There are pilots in his family, so they're going to take it and fly it in his memory, so it'll be great."

The airplane has a new canopy, wiring, and a new dashboard that was Voss's personal favorite.

"When I finish something or get it looking nice, I wish he was here to say that's awesome dude," Perroux said. "That is his southern twang, I always got a kick out of it and he just got so excited with the littlest things, so yeah, I wish he was here to see it. I really do."

As the project comes to an end, Voss's memory will live on.

"He's a good pilot, a good pilot. He was always double checking, triple checking everything," Perroux said. " Yeah, we'll miss him."

Along the way, Perroux says he has been sending pictures to Voss's family of the work he has done. When Voss left, Perroux says he told him, 'don't let it sit, it has to fly.' That is something that will be happening very soon. Test flights are scheduled to start in the next two months."

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