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The Drive has just posted an amatuer video appearing to show the crash of the Blue Angel F/A-18 Hornet that killed pilot Capt. Jeff Kuss during a practice session in Smyrna, Tennessee, on June 2. Despite the many onlookers who were present that day, this is the first footage to surface that seems to capture the events leading up to the tragic incident.
The video begins with two F/A-18 Hornets — jets 5 and 6 — performing solo maneuvers in the distance beyond a tree line. Starting around 35 seconds into the video, while jet 5 executes a barrel roll, we see jet 6, Kuss’ aircraft, execute a high-performance climb and then suddenly plunge to the ground, at which point the camera shifts to capture a four-ship diamond flying by.
When the camera shifts back, we see the black smoke of an explosion ascending from behind the tree line and hear the onlookers curse as they absorb the shock of what they’re witnessing. “Oh my God, are you kidding me?” one says. “This is terrible, man. This is terrible.”
As The Drive’s Tyler Rogoway points out, it’s almost impossible to verify whether or not the video is authentic, though it appears to be. “The only anomaly I noticed,” writes Rogoway, “was a bit of stuttering when the jet is very small in the frame and in a low contrast area.” As the video concludes, we hear the sirens of emergency vehicles.
Reports of Kuss’s death surfaced soon after the incident, marking the first Blue Angel’s fatality since 2007, when pilot Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Davis crashed after blacking out due to heavy G-force. The cause of the most recent crash remains unknown.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Known for acting on impulse, President Donald Trump has adopted an uncharacteristically go-slow approach to whether to hold Iran responsible for attacks on Saudi oil facilities, showing little enthusiasm for confrontation as he seeks re-election next year.
After state-owned Saudi Aramco's plants were struck on Saturday, Trump didn't wait long to fire off a tweet that the United States was "locked and loaded" to respond, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Iran.
But four days later, Trump has no timetable for action. Instead, he wants to wait and see the results of investigations into what happened and is sending Pompeo to consult counterparts in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates this week.
That sound you're hearing is Army senior leaders exhaling a sigh of relief, because the Army has surpassed its recruiting goal for the year.
After failing to meet recruiting goals in 2018, the Army put the pedal to the metal and "did some soul searching," said Acting Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, to ensure that they'd meet their 2019 goal. It must have paid off — the service announced on Tuesday that more than 68,000 recruits have signed on as active-duty soldiers, and more soldiers have stuck around than they expected.
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein transformed into the Cigarette Smoking Man from "The X-Files" on Tuesday when explaining why UFO enthusiasts should avoid storming the mythical Area 51 installation in Nevada.
"All joking aside, we're taking it very seriously," Goldfein told reporters during the Air Force Association's annual Air, Space, and Cyber Conference. "Our nation has secrets, and those secrets deserve to be protected. The people deserve to have our nation's secrets protected."
SAN DIEGO — A San Diego-based Navy SEAL acquitted of murder in a closely watched war crimes trial this summer has filed a lawsuit against two of his former attorneys and a military legal defense nonprofit, according to a complaint filed in federal court in Texas on Friday.
NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland — The Air Force is reviewing whether some airmen's valor awards deserve to be upgraded to the Medal of Honor, Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein said on Tuesday.
Goldfein revealed that several airmen are being considered for the nation's highest military award during a press conference at the Air Force Association's annual Air, Space, and Cyber Conference. He declined to say exactly who could receive the Medal of Honor, pending the outcome of the review process.