Scholarship created to honor fallen Blue Angels pilot

By Alex Semadeni Herald Staff Writer

A scholarship has been created to honor Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss, who died a year ago on Friday in an airplane crash in Tennessee.

The Jeff Kuss Memorial Aviation Scholarship, which has been organized by The Wingman Foundation, will help recipients learn how to fly by paying for flight school. The scholarship aims to help one recipient this year and do the same going forward if funding remains available.

“Jeff’s passion was aviation, and my hope is this scholarship will help future generations of young people with shared goals accomplish the dream to fly,” Christina Kuss, Jeff’s wife, said.

Kuss, 32, was preparing to perform in the Great Tennessee Air Show as a pilot for The Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy’s flight demonstration team, when the crash occurred.

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Mike Foster