PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) – During an
emotional candlelight vigil in Florida, members of an elite flight
demonstration squad said goodbye to one of its pilots, Marine Capt. Jeff
Kuss, a 32-year-old married father of two young children, died June 2 while practicing for an airshow in Smyrna, Tennessee.
The Pensacola News-Journal (http://on.pnj.com/1Xe2Bpg ) reports fellow
Blue Angel pilot Navy Lt. Matt Suyderhoud promised the crowd Thursday
the squad will fly the skies over Pensacola where it is based “when the
time is right.”
The Navy announced in a news release that Kuss will be buried
Saturday in a private ceremony in Durango, Colorado. The ceremony
includes a flyover by the Checkerboards, Kuss’ unit before joining the
The Navy also announced that the Blue Angels canceled upcoming performances in New York and Ohio following the crash.