Fly with the Navy Tac Demo, Rob Holland and Aeroshell in Tribute to USMC Capt Jeff Kuss, Blue Angel 6, at the Vero Beach Air Show
Report, Photos and Video by Mike Killian
June 28, 2016
To honor USMC Capt Jeff “Kooch” Kuss, Blue Angel 6, the U.S. NAVY F/18 Tac Demo team and Hornet pilot Lt. John “Toby” Keith, World Champion aerobatics pilot Rob Holland and myself teamed up to honor Kooch with a tribute shoot at the Vero Beach Air Show June 24, 2016.
Rob flew a photo shoot with Capt Kuss and Blue Angel 5, USN Lt. Ryan Chamberlain, earlier this year with aviation photographer Glenn Watson. I had the honor of shooting with Capt Kuss and Lt Chamberlain in TN, along with Team Oracle and Sean Tucker, the day Kooch was lost.
Tac Demo from VFA-106, the GLADIATORS, and Rob Holland honor Capt Kuss with #6 painted on their planes. The Hornet demo team stepped up in place of the Blues at the airshow while the team continued practicing in Pensacola for their return.
The same day, the Blues announced they are returning to airshows for Independence Day weekend July 2-4 in Traverse City, Michigan, at the National Cherry Festival Air Show. The team will fly a modified five jet demonstration, along with Fat Albert, until further notice.
– MUSIC: Tracey Chattaway / Nightsky