NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Blue Angels are wrapping up their 2016 season with a touching tribute to fallen pilot Captain Jeff Kuss.
More than 100,000 spectators watched the Angels streak across the sky in their home city of Pensacola, Florida, on Veterans Day.
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At the end of the show, their final maneuver was “The Missing Man” formation in honor of Capt. Kuss, who was killed when his jet crashed just a day before the Great Tennessee Airshow in Smyrna, Tennessee.
The end of this 2016 season is a milestone for Kuss’ widow Christina after her husband’s tragic death.
“Since June 2, the town of Pensacola has really wrapped my family in love,” she said. “Things like seeing six flags in my old neighborhood or down at the beach, or six stickers on people’s cars,” Christina told News 2.
If things had gone as planned, Christina Kuss would be preparing for a homecoming this weekend, heading to Naval Air Station to meet her husband with their children, Calvin and Sloan.
While losing her husband has been difficult, Christina says the support she received from strangers helped her tremendously.
“It has been profoundly humbling and incredible and has lifted me up, and I told you earlier Jeff was my inspiration and it was hard to lose that. And the people of Tennessee and of this country have wrapped us in so much love that I am inspired and grateful.”
The roar of the FA-18 Hornets filled the sky and reverberated through the crowd on Friday. “I love the sound,” says Blues fan Sarah Del Balle. “I love the sound in your chest when they go by. It’s awesome. It’s a thrill seeking kind of feeling.”
The season now nearly over, the Blues have triumphed over tragedy and are now home.
The Blue Angels took to the air for their last show of this 70th anniversary season Saturday afternoon.