F18 crash claims the life of Blue Angels pilot #6

This May 19, 2016, photo shows Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss at an air show in Lynchburg, Va. A Blue Angels F/A-18 fighter jet crashed Thursday, June 2, near Nashville, Tenn., killing the pilot just days before a weekend air show performance, officials said. A U.S. official said the pilot was Kuss. (Matt Bell/The Register & Bee via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

kuss111A Blue Angels pilot who died when his F/A-18 fighter jet crashed near Nashville, Tennessee, had wanted to fly since he was a child, relatives said.

The pilot killed Thursday has been identified as Marine Capt. Jeff Kuss,

‘It’s hard to put into words right now, but it’s beautiful that a person can live and die engaged in their life’s pursuits,’ said his grandfather, Dolph Kuss, reached at his home in Durango, Colorado.

‘This was his dream since he was a child, to be an aviator, a flier.’

He choked back tears and said he was struggling to gather his thoughts.