Virginia Beach teacher flew with Blue Angels pilot who was killed in crash

Posted at 9:26 PM, Jun 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-03 23:16:17-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - A middle school teacher got to fly with Blue Angels pilot Captain Jeff Kuss, who was killed in a crash Thursday, last September in the annual air show at Oceana.

On September 15, 2015, Sanae Kenner got an experience very few people get. She flew with the Blue Angels and Captain Kuss was her pilot.

"That was my dream come true. He made my dream for real," said Kenner.

KennerandKussA former pilot who volunteers for the Civil Air patrol, Kenner said when she initially got the call she would get to fly in the air show at Oceana, she thought it was a prank. Once she was in the plane with Captain Kuss, she couldn't wait.

"I was so worked up, excited and then as soon as he took off, I felt that G," said Kenner.

Kenner tells News 3, Captain Kuss was extremely professional and his years of experience and training showed. Despite how physically strenuous the flight was, Captain Kuss made sure Kenner was comfortable. When they touched down, Kenner was in awe. She couldn't believe what just happened.

When Kenner heard about Captain Kuss's crash Thursday, she couldn't process what was happening.

"When I found out about this mishap, my mind just went to black. I just had to digest I could not believe what was going on," said Kenner.

Now, Kenner is determined to make sure everyone knows the kind of person Captain Kuss was.

"He told me after we flew, that I have to make sure to tell everyone about blue angels and my students about my experience and our navy is out there fighting for our country. That was his wish," said Kenner.


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