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Family: Blue Angels pilot killed in crash dreamed of flying

7 months 2 weeks 5 days ago June 03, 2016 Jun 3, 2016 Friday, June 03 2016 June 03, 2016 10:39 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: ApNewsNow

SMYRNA, Tenn. - Relatives say a Blue Angels pilot who died when his jet crashed near Nashville, Tennessee, had wanted to fly since he was a child.

A U.S. official identified the pilot killed Thursday as Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss. The official wasn't authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Dolph Kuss says his grandson dreamed of being an aviator since a young age. And Kuss' mother, Janet Kuss, said in a 2014 newspaper interview that her son had "wanted to be a Blue Angel since forever."

It was the second fighter jet crash of the day for the military's elite fighter jet performance teams. A member of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds crashed in Colorado after a flyover for the Air Force Academy graduation where President Barack Obama spoke. That pilot ejected safely.

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