Blue Angels Return to the Skies for First Time Since Tragic Crash


The Blue Angels are back.

The aviation team returned to the skies at 9:30 Thursday morning for a practice above Pensacola. This is the first practice flight since the tragic loss of Captain Jeff Kuss, who was killed when his F-A 18 Hornet crashed in Smyrna, Tennessee on June 2.

The Blues said they’ll be flying in the rare “Big V” formation — with five aircraft instead of the usual six — in memory of Captain Kuss.

The team says the training flight is visible to the viewing public, fulfilling their promise that their next flight would be for the people of Penascola.  The team is flying over Perdido Key towards Pensacola Beach, then over Palafox St. in downtown Pensacola, from South to North, then North to South before returning to Forrest Sherman Field on Naval Air Station Pensacola.

Sources tell News 5 the Blue Angels expect to be back well ahead of the Pensacola Beach Air Show on July 16.

The mission of the Blue Angels is to showcase the pride and professionalism of the United States Navy and Marine Corps by inspiring a culture of excellence and service to country through flight demonstrations and community outreach. — Blue Angels statement. 

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