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Blue Angels pilot honored in memorial two years after deadly accident in Smyrna

A Blue Angels pilot who lost his life while training for the Great Tennessee Air show in middle Tennessee will forever be honored in the community.

Capt. Jeff Kuss, a decorated pilot, lost his life two years ago when practicing for the air show. He left behind a wife and two children. Kuss is being honored by a memorial on June 9 at 10 a.m. at Lee Victory Recreation Park in Smyrna and is open to the public.

Captain Kuss accumulated 1,400 flight hours and 175 landings in his career and also served in Afghanistan, where he earned many awards attributing to his hard work and talent as a pilot. He joined the U.S. Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron in September 2014 and flew as Opposing Solo for the 2016 team.

This Wednesday will not be the first time he has been recognized, following the tragic in-flight accident there have been many memorial services and events held in his honor, but it is the first permanent memorial for Capt. Jeff Kuss.

Because of this memorial, a portion of Sam Ridley Parkway East will be rerouted during the installation process.

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