Officials: Continuing with Great Tennessee Air Show ‘right thing to do’

BlueAngels (WKRG file)

SMYRNA, Tenn. (WKRN) — Officials with the Great Tennessee Air Show said the decision to continue with this weekend’s airshow was the right thing to do in order to honor the pilot killed Thursday.

The media briefing was held Friday at 2:08 p.m. in Smyrna, just one day after a pilot was killed when a U.S. Navy Blue Angels jet crashed in Smyrna.

The rest of Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss’ crew will no longer participate in the air show in the wake of the pilot’s death.

The airshow will go on as scheduled; although officials with the Smyrna airport say they deeply saddened by the devastating accident.

“Show management has discussed the relative advantages and disadvantages of continuing the show. After close consultation with the Blue Angels, regulatory officials and the performers, we have made the decision to carry on with this weekend’s show,” said John Black, Executive Director of the Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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