US Navy F/A-18 Hornet Teams Fill In For Blue Angels, Honor Fallen Pilot

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US Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet

When the US Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet demonstration teams perform in place of the Blue Angels over the next two weekends, their performances will be dedicated to the memory of Capt. Jeff Kuss, the Blue Angel pilot who was killed in a crash last week.

The teams from VFA-106 and VFA-122 were tasked to fill in for the Blues when the team officially canceled its performances in Syracuse, NY and Dayton, OH over the next two weekends. The VFA-106 team will perform in Syracuse on June 11-12, and the VFA-122 team will perform in Dayton on June 18-19. The VFA-106 Super Hornet and Legacy Hornet aircraft, which was already scheduled to perform in Rhode Island this weekend, will even sport special ‘6’ decals to honor Capt Kuss, who flew as Blue Angel 6. Photos from the US Navy Tac Demo Facebook Page.

US Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet With Blue Angel 6 DecalUS Navy F/A-18C Hornet With Blue Angel 6 Decal

The addition of the Super Hornet demonstrations will help bolster the lineups of the shows and maintain the Navy’s presence at them. Each show has added other acts to their lineup since the cancellation as well. No announcements have been made as to future Blue Angel shows that may be impacted by their stand down, or possible appearances by the Hornet and Super Hornets to fill in for them.

Syracuse International Air Show Books Sea Harrier To Replace Blue Angels; Show Will Donate All Profits

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Art Nalls takes a bow in his Sea Harrier to cap off his performance at the 2015 Rockford AirFest.
Art Nalls takes a bow in his Sea Harrier to cap off his performance at the 2015 Rockford AirFest.

The Syracuse International Air Show, scheduled for this upcoming June 11-12 weekend, has secured the Nalls Aviation Sea Harrier as its headlining act. The show took quick action to book the “SHAR” after the US Navy Blue Angels canceled their performance in the wake of last week’s tragic crash of Marine Captain Jeff Kuss. Organizers decided to hold the show as a tribute to Capt. Kuss, and will donate all profits to his family. Art, like many on his team, is a former Marine and was happy to help. He will also donate a large portion of his appearance fee to the fallen angel’s family.

Many more airshows will be scrambling to find new headliners due to the unprecedented dual stand downs by the Blue Angels as well as the USAF Thunderbirds after their own crash last week. Generally a last minute cancellation is the worst thing that can happen to an airshow organization, so the shows will likely go on as scheduled. Performers like the Art Nalls and the Breitling Jet Team may get some extra calls for their services. It also remains to be seen whether the immense public spotlight that was put on airshows after the crashes will help or hurt attendance. Hopefully all of the upcoming airshows can weather the storm.

Enjoy this unique view that we were able to capture of Art Nalls’ performance at the 2014 Cleveland National Air Show: