UPDATE | Identity Of Blue Angel Killed Today Revealed
Again, Our Hearts Go Out To All Those Affected.
As a recap for those of you who have not heard the horrible news today, a Blue Angel F/A-18 went down mid afternoon in Tennessee. The cause of the crash is still and probably will for some time be under investigation, however it was known that the pilot veered away from apartment buildings and crashed his plane into the field to avoid civilian casualties. This required him to stay in the plane and sacrifice himself.
The Navy just released that it was Marine Captain Jeff Kuss, 32, who flew the No. 6 plane. A native of Durango, Colorado, he graduated with a Bachelors in economics in 2006 after which he joined the Marine Corps. The following year, he reported to the Naval Air Station in Pensacola and by 2009 received his wings of gold.
By 2014 Jeff joined the Blue Angels with 1,400 flight hours and 175 carrier landings. As said by public affairs officer Mitchel Davis of Fort Lewis College,”we’re devastated at the news at the loss of Capt. Kuss. He was a Skyhawk and we at Fort Lewis College are very proud of what he accomplished in his career.”
Jeff is survived by his wife and two children.