Pilot killed in Blue Angel jet crash remembered

Posted at 8:21 PM, Jun 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-03 21:22:14-04

Still no word on what caused a the deadly crash of a Blue Angels plane yesterday near Nashville.

The pilot who died was from Colorado.

Captain Jeff Kuss' dreams of being a pilot started as a young boy, flying before he even had a drivers license.

"You'd never know he was a Blue Angel pilot he was down to earth," Michael Kuss, Jeff's father, said.

But all Jeff  could think about was the sky.

Raised in Durango, Colorado, 65-hundred-feet above sea level, the man destined to join the elite Blue Angels, started flying here.

"Yes very self motivated, set goals from when he was a little boy," Janet Kuss, Jeff's mother, said.

Michael and Janet Kuss beam with pride as they talk about their oldest son.

"The first time we went it was just unbelievable that that's your kid over there in that beautiful uniform," Janet said. She says his favorite part of the air shows was meeting some of his youngest fans, maybe it's because they reminded him of someone.

"He would be the last one to leave if there were kids in line because he was one of those kids once and they took the time to help him and autograph and talk and so he always wanted to do that in return," Janet said.

Capt. Kuss achieved what some only dream, as a marine and Blue Angel. He loved his family, leaving behind a wife and two young kids, ages four and one.

For his parents, that's the most difficult part, knowing his kids will grow up without their dad.

"Got to the ultimate peak of the deal," Michael said. "That's what's so tough about this. Just two days ago is, you know, just two days ago you're sky high top of the world."

The crash was the first in nearly a decade for the Blue Angels. The squadron has suspended flying until further notice.

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