The US Navy Blue Angels have announced that Commander Frank Weisser has joined the team as the new #6 Opposing Solo pilot, reports the Pensacola News Journal. Cmdr. Weisser previously served with the team from 2008 to 2010, filling the typical rotation of Narrator, Opposing Solo, and Lead Solo. He will take the place of Marine Captain Jeff Kuss, who died in a crash while practicing for the Great Tennessee Airshow in Smyrna, TN in early June.
Weisser will serve the remainder of Kuss’ slot, flying as Opposing Solo for the rest of the 2016 season and transitioning to Lead Solo for the 2017 season. It is likely that Weisser has been practicing with the team in Pensacola already, and will join them in public demonstrations once he has reached full proficiency with their routine. In the mean time they will continue performing a five-ship routine. The team will perform for a home town crowd at Pensacola Beach this Saturday.