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Sean Tucker Biography

Sean D. Tucker’s life is marked by a search for excellence and perfected skill. He is not satisfied unless he is learning, refining a skill, or conquering a fear. Whether he is heli-skiing, cave SCUBA diving, golfing, or flying his one-of-a kind aerobatic dream machine, Sean D. Tucker is full-throttle and extremely accomplished.

In airshow flying, Sean is the world’s premier performer in terms of entertainment value, piloting skill and most importantly, professionalism. He has been flying airshows world-wide since the mid-70’s and has won numerous aerobatic competitions. In that time, Sean has flown more than 1000 performances at more than 425 airshows, in front of more than 80 million fans. In the upcoming season alone, Tucker and Team Oracle will entertain nearly 10 million fans at 25 shows throughout North America. The level of professionalism and excitement in Sean’s airshow displays is no coincidence. He practices his airshow routine three times every day. Sean has devoted his entire adult life to exploring the art of aerobatic flight and after over 10,000 life-time practices, his passion continues to grow. He is more inspired by the magic and discipline of flight every single year and he continues to improve his skills as an aviator. Sean’s airplane, the Oracle Bi-Plane, has also continued to improve each year. Sean started with a factory built Pitts Special 30 years ago and modified it each year. After reaching the limits of the Pitts, Tucker’s team designed a one of a kind airplane that could do anything that Sean asked of it. This resulted in the most high-performance aerobatic aircraft in the world, the Oracle Bi-Plane. It is a fire-breathing monster with over 400 horsepower, weighs just over 1200 pounds and responds to the slightest pressure on the control stick even at 300 mph. Sean has become so in-tune with his machine that, while performing, the control stick becomes his feathers and the aircraft, his body. To endure the extreme physical demands of each routine, Sean maintains a rigorous physical training schedule by working-out over 340 days per year in a routine of jogging and weight-lifting on alternating days. In addition to being a phenomenal aviator, he is also a larger than life character who touches the heart of his fans and inspires millions of Americans. When asked about flying airshows, Sean responds, "I like to think that I bring the fans' dreams of flying into the plane with me and there's nowhere I'd rather be than in the cockpit. That's why I train so hard to keep a finely tuned edge!" Sean is extremely passionate about every aspect of the Team Oracle program. His self proclaimed goal is to “share the magic of flight with Team Oracle’s guests by inspiring and thrilling them. I want them to go away saying that the airshow was one of the most engaging days of their lives.” This energy is infectious; guests frequently go away with rekindled enthusiasm for their own passions in life. Sean D. Tucker: Living Dreams… Inspired by Freedom. Sean’s signature closing statement, “the three best words in the English language… God Bless America.

Expanding on his love of flying, Tucker created the Tutima Academy of Aviation Safety, a world-class flight training institution dedicated to setting and spreading the standard for aviation safety in aerobatics and aviation at large. The Academy offers a variety of courses including stall/spin recognition and recovery training, aerobatic proficiency training, a low-level aerobatic mentorship program, and formation aerobatic flight training, which can be found no-where else in the world. Click here to find out more <http://www.tutimaacademy.com/> .

Sean is a leader in the airshow business as well as the larger aviation industry. He has received all of the airshow industry’s highest honors. Additionally, Sean has been inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame. This raises Sean into an elite group of aviators and astronauts that includes General Jimmy Doolittle, General ‘Chuck’ Yeager, Bob Hoover, Gene Cernan and John Glenn. However, Sean is no where near the end of his career. He continues to passionately develop the art form of Sky Dancing through an exploration of formation aerobatics and the Collaborators Formation Aerobatic Team.

Special Honors

·        General Charles E. Yeager International Aeronautical Achievements Award - 2010

·        International Aviation Air & Space Hall of Fame Inductee - 2009

·        National Aviation Hall of Fame Inductee – 2008

·        International Council of Airshows Hall of Fame Inductee - 2007

·        Living Legend in Aviation Award - 2007

·        Crystal Eagle Award by the National Aeronautics Association - 2006

·        Named one of the 25 "Living Legends of Flight" by the National Air & Space Smithsonian - 2003

·        Inductee in the USAF Gathering of Eagles - 2001

·        Honorary Thunderbird, Blue Angel & Snowbird

·        World Airshow Federation Champion - 2000

·        International Council of Airshows Sword of Excellence - 2000

·        Undefeated Champion of the Championship Airshow Pilots Association Challenge - 1998-2001

·        General Aviation News and Flyer Reader's Choice Award for Best Male Performer - 1997

·        The Art Scholl Memorial Showmanship Award and The Bill Barber Award for Air Show Showmanship (the two most prestigious awards in the airshow industry) - 1992

·        U.S. National Advanced Aerobatic Champion - 1988


Sky Bites

·        Sean has logged over 24,000 hours flying, which if done all at once, would take over two years, 24 hours a day.

·        During media photo flights, Sean will fly upright and inverted within 5 feet of the support plane carrying photographers.

·        Twice during the performance, Sean will fly the aircraft backwards, straight-down, tail-first at more than 100 mph.

·        Over half of Sean’s maneuvers are original and have never been duplicated by another aerobatic pilot.

·        Sean is the world’s only pilot to perform a triple ribbon cut. He flies through the ribbons at 220 mph in right knife-edge for the first ribbon, then left knife-edge and finally inverted. The ribbons are only 25 feet off of the ground and 750 feet between each set.

·        Sean has a revolutionary set of wings that use 8 ailerons instead of 4.

·        The tail on Sean’s airplane is modeled after the tail used on high-performance remote control airplanes.

·        Sean D. Tucker is the only civilian performer ever to be allowed to fly close formation with the Blue Angels and the Thunderbirds.

Press Releases

2012

Lindbergh Award Event

1/19/12 - Lindbergh Foundation Announces Lindbergh Awardees

General

10/30/12 - Lindbergh Foundation Announces AGA Awareness Campaign

10/30/12 - Lindbergh Foundation Announces Aviation Partners Boeing as Corporate Awardee

4/20/12 - BRS Aerospace Joins Aviation Green Alliance

4/20/12 - Lindbergh Prize for Innovation Given to e-volo

BRS Aerospace Joins Aviation Green Alliance
as a Founding MemberBRS Aerospace Joins Aviation Green Allianceas a Founding Member

3/28/12 - Sikorsky Joins Aviation Green Alliance

3/27/12 - Lindbergh Foundation Celebrates 35th Anniversary with Astronauts Armstrong, Lovell & Cernan
2/15/12 - FedEx Corporation Joins Aviation Green Alliance

2011

General
11/08/11 - Pribyl and Stangarone Join Lindbergh Foundation Board of Directors
10/10/11 - Jeppesen Joins Aviation Green Alliance
4/04/11 - Lindbergh Foundation Announces First Aviation Green Alliance Founder
3/30/11 - Walsh and Koenig Join Lindbergh Foundation Board of Directors
2/03/11 - Lindbergh Foundation to Lead Aviation Green Alliance

Lindbergh Award Event
3/28/11 - WASPs and Astronaut to Attend Lindbergh Award Celebration
2/14/11 - Lindbergh Foundation Announces Winners of 34th Annual Awards

2010

General
11/04/10 - Lindbergh Foundation Sponsors Forum at AOPA
8/26/2010 - Lindbergh Grant Awarded to Stephanie Mixson - Project Focuses on Saltwater Algae as Biofuel Source
7/29/10 - Lindbergh Foundation Named as Beneficiary of Lightspeed Aviation Foundation
7/26/10 - Sean Tucker and Kermit Weeks Join Lindbergh Foundation Board
4/13/10 - Lindbergh Foundation Announces 2010 Lindbergh Grant Recipients
2/18/10 - News Release - Lindbergh Foundation Donates Airplane to Kenya Wildlife Service

Lindbergh Award Event
4/09/10 - Turn Tax-Day Blues into Aviation Green During Lindbergh Foundation Day at Sun ‘n Fun
4/06/10 - African Safari, Aerobatics, & the Kings -- Oh, My!  Bidding for Lindbergh Foundation On-Line Auction Begins
3/11/10 - Jack Pelton and FedEx to Receive Lindbergh Awards

2009

General
11/05/09 - Press Release - Lindbergh Foundation Partners with Rich Sugden to Donate Husky to Kenya Wildlife Service
10/06/09 - Larry Williams Elected Chairman/President & CEO
06/15/09 - Spirit of St. Louis Rides Create Memories
06/03/09 - Kate Dougherty Joins Lindbergh Foundation Board of Directors
04/22/09 - Lindbergh Foundation Announces 2009 Lindbergh Grant Recipients at Sun 'n Fun
04/17/09 - Lindbergh Foundation to Premiere New Film at Sun 'n Fun -- Over Africa! Low and Slow

Lindbergh Award Event
04/21/09 - Terry and Mary Kohler to Receive Lindbergh Award
04/08/09 - The Spirit Flies Again Through the Lindbergh Foundation's On-Line Silent Auction
02/04/09 - Lindbergh Foundation Announces 2009 Lindbergh Awardees: Lester Brown and Terry and Mary Kohler

2008

General
10/2/08 - Technology and Innovation are Key to Making Aviation Safe, Enjoyable & More Fuel Efficient
9/15/08 - Lindbergh Foundation Announces Featured Speakers for "Spectrum of Aviaition" Hangar Party
9/12/08 - Lindbergh-Lycoming Aviation Grant Applications Accepted Until Oct. 30
9/08/08 - Lindbergh Foundation to Hold "Spectrum of Aviation" Hangar Party
7/30/08 - Stanford Financial Group Joins Aviation Green Investment Program

EAA Announcements
8/04/08 - Lindbergh Foundation Partners with the Patty Wagstaff/Kenya Wildlife Service
7/31/08 - Lindbergh-Lycoming Grant Awarded to Ganesh Raman
7/29/08 - Lindbergh Foundation and Orvis Announce Aviation-Themed Clothing Line
7/28/08 - Lindbergh-Lycoming Grant Applications Accepted until October 30

Lindbergh Award Event
06/12/08 - Lindbergh Awardees Focus on Environmental Stewardship and "Going Green"
04/30/08 - Lindbergh Foundation Offers Rare Collectibles and Aviation Activities in Global Online Auction
02/12/08 - Ted Turner and The Jacoby Group to Receive Lindbergh Awards

2007

General
12/06/07 - Aviation Green Investment Program Announced
11/27/07 - Larry Williams, President of BRS, Inc., Joins Board
10/09/07 - John King Elected to serve as Chairman of the Board

NBAA Announcements

09/26/07 - Linden Blue Joins Foundation Board; "Lindbergh Partners" Program and Other New Board members Announced; Ed Bolen Recognized for NBAA Chairities Gift

EAA Announcements
07/25/07 - Lindbergh-Lycoming Grant Award to Thomas Ehresman
07/25/07 - Lindbergh-Lycoming Grant Partnership Set for a Third Year
07/25/07 - First Lindbergh-Lycoming Grant Recipient Reports Significant Progress
07/25/07 - Lindbergh-Lycoming Grant Applications Accepted Until Nov. 1

Lindbergh Award Event
02/13/07 - Lindbergh Foundation to Honor Fay, Cernan and Susanka
04/17/07 - Lindbergh Award Celebration Honors Dr. Fay, Cernan and Susanka; Google to Receive Corporate Award for Balance; Silent Auction and Book Signing Also Planned
06/08/07 - Four Lindbergh Awardees Reflect on Living Life on Earth

2006

Lindbergh Award Event
1/31/06 - Foundation Presents Lindbergh Award to Peter Diamandis and Will Steger
5/16/06 - Patagonia, Inc. Receives First-Ever Corporate Award for Balance
6/14/06 - Aviation and the Environment Find Common Ground

Grants Program

7/28/06 - Lindbergh-Lycoming Grant Established

2005

Minnesota Events
6/9/05 - Burt Rutan and Other Aviation Legends Inspire Crowd
2/14/05 - Lindbergh Foundation to Host Two Events in Minnesota

News Release - Lindbergh Foundation Donates Airplane to Kenya Wildlife Service

2004

General
11/3/04 - Historic Space Flight Unites Past and Present

 
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Foundation Background

The Lindbergh Foundation is a public non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, based in Minnesota, which supports great innovations that foster the environment to keep the planet in balance.

The Lindbergh Foundation accomplishes its mission through three major programs:

The Lindbergh Award ~ Annually, the Foundation presents its honorary Lindbergh Award for individuals who have made significant contributions toward the balance between technology and the environment, in their work.
Lindbergh Grants ~ in amounts up to $10,580 (the cost of building the Spirit of St. Louis in 1927), are given to individuals whose proposed research or education projects will make important contributions to the technology/environment balance;
Educational Programs and Publications ~ centered on the balance theme.

One of the Lindbergh Foundation’s core values is to honor individual initiative and accomplishment in researchers, scientists, and explorers. In doing so, the Lindberghs, who were each outstanding individual contributors to society – through aviation, writing, and environmental conservation, are also honored. Unquestionably, Charles Lindbergh is best known for his historic New York-to-Paris flight in the Spirit of St. Louis. It is much less known that the Lindberghs held a unique perspective on the Earth stemming from Charles’ boyhood growing up on the banks of the Mississippi River outside Little Falls, Minn., his barnstorming days in the early 1920s, and the survey flights around the world he and Anne pioneered in the 1930s. Over the years, the Lindberghs witnessed enormous changes in the land, sky and water in the name of progress. Their concern for the environment became the basis upon which the Foundation was established.

Friends of the Lindberghs at The Explorers Club in New York City established the organization in 1977 (the 50th anniversary year of Charles Lindbergh’s historic New York-to-Paris flight). General James H. Doolittle and Astronaut Neil Armstrong led the national fund raising campaign for the fledgling organization.

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Award Program Fact Sheet (pdf)

 

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