Blue Angels make return to Tennessee air show in 2019


The Blue Angels will be returning to the Great Tennessee Air Show for the first time since a deadly crash claimed the life of a pilot.

Capt. Jeff Kuss was killed while practicing for the air show in 2016. A memorial now sits in Smyrna in his honor.

The Blue Angels announced Monday they will now return to Rutherford County for its elite flight demonstration squadron to perform on June 8 and June 9, 2019.

A statement from show producers said:

"The Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport Authority and the Town of Smyrna are thrilled to have been selected by this iconic flight team," said John Black, Executive Director of the Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport Authority. "The Great Tennessee Air Show is a part of the fabric of the community in Tennessee and dates back to 1970. The 2019 show will highlight the United States military and stand for the freedoms that they protect for the citizens of our great country. We are thrilled to have the Blue Angels back."