CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Westover Air Reserve Base personnel Friday night are remembering Blue Angels Pilot, Marine Captain Jeff Kuss. Kuss’ jet crashed Thursday afternoon while practicing for an air show outside of Nashville, Tennessee.
Captain Kuss was at the controls of one of the Blue Angel jet fighters that thrilled hundreds of thousands of people during the Great New England Air Show at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee 1 year ago.
During his brief stay, Captain Kuss made a lasting impression on many, including Westover Public Information Officer Lt. Colonel James Bishop. He said, “Professional but at the same time personable. But with a smile and I’m sure that’s why they put him on the advance team, but he was someone who exuded competence and confidence and also a friendliness.”
Then-22News Anchor and I-Team Reporter Laura Hutchinson was privileged to take a demonstration ride aboard the FA-18 piloted by Captain Kuss, prior to the Westover air show in May of 2015. Laura told 22News she was heartbroken over Kuss’ death.
Captain Kuss and his fellow Blue Angels pilots were preparing for an air show in Tennessee this weekend. The Blue Angels are grounded pending an investigation.