USAF Thunderbirds, USN Blue Angels Both Suffer Crash
A US Air Force Thunderbird crashed while returning to Peterson AFB in Colorado, following their performance over the graduation ceremony of the US Air Force Academy Class of 2016 — at which President Obama had just spoken.
Photos taken by local news crews indicate the F-16 appears to have slid inauspiciously along the ground — not unlike some other legends of aircraft that “crashed” but eventually flew again because they “crashed” so softly.
One civilian witness indicated the Hornet appeared to fail to recover from a loop before hitting the ground.
The Navy delayed release of the pilot’s name pending notification of next of kin, but an anonymous “official” made an unauthorized identification of the pilot as Marine Capt Jeff Kuss. That identification was subsequently confirmed.