Inland Northwest Honor Flight takes local vets to Washington DC to visit the national memorials, but the most recent flight honored another crew, the Fairchild airmen of Shell 77 who died when their KC-135 crashed in Kyrgyzstan last May.
There were close to 90 veterans aboard the Honor Flight at Spokane International Airport Tuesday morning, including John Ponis and Clayton Peterson, two WWII veterans who have been friends she they were drafted together and served in the Army.
"We have been together ever since Fort Lewis induction center," John Ponis said.
It was back in 1945 while in boot camp that Ponis met his lifelong best friend Clayton Peterson. The only significant time the two have spent apart was an 11-month stretch during their deployment
?He ended up on a different island and when we came back he was on a different ship,? Peterson explained.
After being discharged the two found each other again and looked for jobs in eastern Washington, where they ended up finding work on the Columbia Basin Project.