Blue Angels Marine pilot Capt. Jeff Kuss could have ejected once he knew his plane was going to crash…but he didn’t

By BI: Kuss appeared to have stayed with the plane because it was over a heavily populated residential area in Smryna, Tennessee and he wanted to make sure the plane crashed away from the homes. He is a real American hero. God bless his soul.

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  • susan

    Captain Jeff Kuss, a Blue Angel in name and now too, a Blue Angel in death through his selfless heroic deed. Our prayers go out to his loved ones during their grief and loss.

  • AnthonyM

    An unfortunate death, a brave airman. May God bless him.
    He is in the arms on an angel now.

  • Tom_mcewen

    Good man, good warrior, good aviator and a good death. Semper Fi.

  • DeusLoVult

    Missing Man Formation Honors Jeff Kuss.

  • susan

    As they investigate the causes I hope and pray they’ll carefully consider many..factors.

    • DeusLoVult

      The NTSB is good at what it does, my lady. 🙂 And so are the military investigators.

      • susan

        I’ll keep that in mind 🙂

  • Georgeorwell

    Where do you get this information? Did you just make it up? Unless you are an aerobatic pilot you have no idea what this type of flying is like and calling “demonstration pilot’s” jobs cushy is absurd. Low level aerobatics are extremely dangerous and difficult. It is bad enough in a standard aerobatic aircraft that flies maybe 200 kts but at 600kts it is almost suicidal. These men do this day in and day out. I would place what they do way above the danger level of the typical combat pilot dropping bombs in combat where we have air supremacy and no real AA threat. There is a reason only the best pilots are selected for these teams.

    I am connected with some of these men and have discussed this accident with them. Their first order is to eject unless to do so will cause casualties on the ground or unless the pilot can safely stay with the airplane and land it (very limited exceptions). You may not know that a Thunderbird F16 went down at the same time as the BA F18. The pilot safely ejected because the plane was going to go down in a field.

    As for your comment that this aircraft was “a piece of junk”: these aircraft are meticulously maintained by the best aircraft mechanics in the military if not in the world. This was an accident inherent in the risk of flying especially low level aerobatics–it was probably an accelerated stall. It happens and in is inherent with the job.

    It is a sad tragedy and this pilot was very brave to the end.