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Blue Angels announce return to Tennessee

SMYRNA, Tenn. (WTVF) — The U.S. Navy Blue Angels announced they will return to Tennessee in 2019, three years after a tragic crash killed one of their own.

CBS affiliate WTVF reports the Blue Angels made the announcement Monday morning at the International Council of Air Shows convention in Las Vegas.

Their next show was scheduled to take place at the Great Tennessee Air Show in Smyrna on June 8 and 9, 2019.

“The Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport Authority and the Town of Smyrna are thrilled to have been selected by this iconic flight team,” said John Black, Executive Director of the Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport Authority.

Turnout for the show was expected to be the largest ever. Tickets were not yet on sale online as of Tuesday.

On June 2, 2016, Marine Captain Jeff Kuss was killed while practicing in Smyrna for the Pensacola, Florida-based flight demonstration team. The crash happened during practice the day before the Great Tennessee Air Show was scheduled to begin. Captain Kuss left behind a wife and two young children.

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