Blue Angels return to 6 pilots after deadly Smyrna crash

(Courtesy: U.S. Navy Blue Angels)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – After a month of flying with a jet missing from their six-jet delta formation following the death of Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss, the Blue Angels returned to the skies with a new pilot Saturday.

Cmdr. Frank Weisser joined the team at the Cleveland National Air Show, flying the opposing solo position and replacing Capt. Kuss, who died in a June 2 crash in Smyrna.

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Weisser previously served with the Blue Angels from 2008 to 2010. The Navy announced his return in July, about a month after the death of Capt. Kuss.

Weisser is filling in as the No. 6 pilot through 2016  and will stay on next season as the squadron’s No.5 lead solo pilot and operations officer.

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Kuss, a native of Durango, Colorado, died when his jet crashed just after takeoff during a Blue Angels practice for a Tennessee air show.

The investigation into the crash that killed Kuss is reportedly finished and is to be reviewed by senior Navy leadership.

The Blue Angels will perform next weekend at an air show in Virginia.

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Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss (Courtesy: WKRG)
Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss (Courtesy: WKRG)

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