Another pilot will fly in the opposite solo role when the elite Blue Angels take to the skies this weekend, but Durango native Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss will be in their thoughts.
Kuss died in a plane crash June 2 while the Blue Angels were preparing for an air show in Tennessee. His replacement, Cmdr. Frank Weisser, served with the Blue Angels from 2008 to 2010.
“I am grateful that I can, in some small way, do my part to further the mission of the Blue Angels,” Weisser said in a Blue Angels news release. “I am sad, because this is Capt. Kuss’ team, this is his position I am flying. I am thankful that I can honor his memory and his legacy here.”
The Blue Angels, which had been flying as a five-plane unit, underwent a rigorous training schedule in August to integrate Weiss into the team. They will fly at the Cleveland National Air Show during the Labor Day weekend.