Fairchild Airman A Plane Enthusiast

By Paige Browning

The feeling is somber Monday for Spokane aviation community as more details emerge about a mid-air plane crash Friday in Kyrgyzstan.  Three Fairchild Air Force Base crew members died, including one plane enthusiast.
People remember Captain Victoria Pinckney as a mother and college rugby player.  Technical Sergeant Herman Mackey the-third (III) was a humorous father of a young girl. 
The wing of Cpt. Mark "Tyler" Voss' plane at the Experimental Aviation Association in Spokane. (Steve Jackson photo)27-year old Captain Mark “Tyler” Voss was building an RV-8 plane.  At Spokane’s Felts Field this week, an American flag drapes over the plane’s wing, with a flower bouquet sitting atop.
Vice President Larry Tobin of the local Experimental Aviation Association says Voss was a new member.
Tobin: “So this is very popular for pilots to build and fly their own airplanes, and that’s what Captain Voss was doing.  Him and his buddies were working on this, they rented space here to complete this airplane, and didn’t quite get it ready to run before he went on the latest deployment.
He says Voss was a sharp, very nice young man.
Tobin leads a four-ship formation team that will kick off Spokane’s Armed Forces Torchlight Parade this month with a tribute to the three airmen who died.  They will perform a missing man formation, where one plane breaks away going west.
Fairchild is planning a public memorial service for the crew.

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Photo: The wing of Cpt. Mark "Tyler" Voss' plane at the Experimental Aviation Association in Spokane. (Steve Jackson photo)
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