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Old 12-08-2013, 08:16 PM
Yazaman Yazaman is offline
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Default Tyler Voss's RV-8

Capt. Tyler Voss went down May 3 2013 in a KC-135. Before he deployed he and I got together to re-vamp his tired RV.

I teach Electrical & Environmental systems on the tanker, he came through a class of mine when he approached me with the offer. He wanted all the wiring done and was not comfortable with doing it himself. That is where I came in. his plan was to strip it all down and repaint many parts and add new systems.

We flew it a few times before we parked it for the overhaul (I think he did it to get me sold on the idea if you ask me) haha, but he did not need to, i was already bitten by the RV bug!

When Tyler went down with the rest of his crew, I felt I had to finish the project no matter how long it took.

I wanted to document all that I have done.

Just to let you guys know.. I am not an A&P, just been an Aircraft electrician with the AF for about 7 years and a commercial Electrician for the past 12 years before enlisting.

I have been reading many articles on how things are done, different techniques and such to finish it up.

I have had an abundance of help from chapter EAA 79 Spokane where the plane is currently located.

Please feel free to comment and make suggestions as I am new at the aircraft fabrication field.

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Old 12-08-2013, 08:34 PM
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Matt - welcome to the VAF family and I'm looking forward to the story as it unfolds. What a great tribute.
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Old 12-08-2013, 08:35 PM
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Thank you, I am working on uploading all of the pictures I have now.

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Old 12-08-2013, 09:27 PM
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Here is the interior when I first saw the Ole' Girl

My Daughter Olivia that has spent many Weekends with me at the hanger while "Daddy fixes the plane" she says.
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Old 12-08-2013, 09:44 PM
Yazaman Yazaman is offline
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He shows up to my house and starts to spread this out on the table...
"You don think this will take too long to you?" he asks

At that point, I started to feel a bit overwhelmed, but not discouraged.
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Old 12-08-2013, 09:49 PM
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Default Well Done Matt

Matt - I vividly remember the sadness I felt the day Tyler's KC-135 went down earlier this year. I commend you for carrying the torch for your fallen brother - what a beautiful human gesture. I thank you for doing that for him, and the rest of us - and even though I don't know you, and didn't know Tyler - we are brother's of sorts - tied together by this airplane family
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"The ultimate responsibility of the pilot is to fulfill the dreams of the countless millions of earthbound ancestors who could only stare skyward and wish." - Unknown
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Old 12-09-2013, 08:15 AM
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Thank you for your kind words.

Keep an eye on this forum, I have tons of pictures to load!

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Old 12-09-2013, 09:09 AM
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Default A noble deed, indeed

Rest assured, many of us wish we lived closer to lend a hand.
Terry Ruprecht
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(Dues paid thru Nov '18)
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Old 12-09-2013, 09:55 AM
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Default Welcome to VAF!

Matt, welcome aboard the good ship VAF.

You are doing a good thing, congratulations on your effort.
Mike Starkey
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Rv-10, N210LM.

Flying as of 12/4/2010

Phase 1 done, 2/4/2011

Sold after 240+ wonderful hours of flight.

"Flying the airplane is more important than radioing your plight to a person on the ground incapable of understanding or doing anything about it."
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Old 12-09-2013, 10:05 AM
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Default Tyler Voss Missing Man

Tyler grew up in LaGrange TX. Falcon Flight flew a Missing Man with his parents in attendance on 2 Nov 13 at the LaGrange Airport where they dedicated a plaque in his memory at the base of the F-100 on a pedestal. Many other people were in attendance including a CAP Honor Guard, his pastor, school principal, flying training commander, and Dick Peck who mentored him at the airport and helped him through the USAFA application and acceptance. My #3 wingman, who did the Missing Man pull with smoke on, carried Tyler's dog tags on request of his parents.
Stu McCurdy (Falcon)
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