Update: Pilot of the Blue Angel that Crashed was a Marine Captain

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Update: Pilot of the Blue Angel that Crashed was a Marine Captain

Marine Captain Jeff Kuss, 32, died on June 2, when the F/A-18 fighter jet he was flying crashed near Smyrna, Tennessee. He did not eject from the jet before it slammed into the ground. He is being credited as a hero for preventing casualties when his jet crashed.

A Hero

Facebook posts on the Blue Angels page have called the Captain a hero for staying in his jet until the very end, skillfully steering it as far away as possible from populated areas. He took an oath, and he kept that oath.

Not only that but he managed to avoid a school, two subdivisions, a bowling alley full of kids doing free bowling, an apartment complex and two gas stations. He went down in a small cotton field adjacent to a civil war historical home in the center off all those. Truly “others before self.”


The members of the Blue Angels are 1st and foremost fighter pilots who took an oath to defend and protect the citizens of this great Nation. CPT Jeff Kuss demonstrated this at 1501 this afternoon as he made the decision to give his last full measure to protect the citizens of Smyrna, TN when he guided his F/A-18 Hornet all the way to ground avoiding all buildings and structures in this densely populated area. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and fellow members of the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron. God bless you all.

The Tennessee State Patrol has been assisting in securing the scene where the crash occurred.


The Navy is investigating the cause of the crash.

An experienced Pilot

Captain Kuss served in Afghanistan prior to joining the Blue Angels. He logged  over 1, 400 hours of flight time with the team, although his were the lowest number of hours among the other pilots. He was flying the No.6 plane yesterday. He had been with the Blue Angels since September of  2014, and by all accounts was an excellent team member, first and foremost a US Marine.

The Captain, a native of Durango, Colorado, was one of the team members who participated in the Blue Angels fly-over at the 2016 Super Bowl. At that event, he was able to meet football legend John Elway. Today, John Elway said he was honored to have met the Blue Angels Captain.

Kuss is survived by his wife Cristina, and his two children. He previously received the  Strike Flight Air Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, among others.




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  • […] Originally Posted by oberon I understand he had lost power and stalled, and then, instead of punchin' out, he took the extra time and heroic measure to put the jet in a better place to crash, rather than risk lives on the ground. Truly a selfless and noble act. All balls. Kindest regards to the family and friends of the True American Hero. Heard that too, on the radio this morning. Same account here: Update: Pilot of the Blue Angel that Crashed was a Marine Captain – Uncle Sam's Misguided Children […]

  • […] The website Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children (acronym for USMC, FYI) reports he also avoided two schools, subdivisions, gas stations, and a bowling alley that was hosting a free kid’s bowling event. […]

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