Local flight project honors area veterans

A few years back, Touchet farmer Mark Small contacted AMVETS Jonathan M. Wainwright Post 1111 to suss out a way to thank veterans for their service and honor his father, Ted Small. Ted piloted B-24 Liberators with the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and trained in a Stearman biplane. Mark’s dream to own such a craft came to fruition. He keeps his bright-yellow 1942 PT-17 Boeing Stearman in a hangar at the Walla Walla Regional Airport, said Dixie Ferguson, whose enthusiasm soars as high as the airplane.