Honorary Thunderbird, Blue Angel, Canadian Snowbird, Brazilian Smoke Squadron, Golden Knight
2011: Living Legends of Aviation—Aviation Inspiration & Patriotism Award
2010: General Charles E. Yeager International Aeronautical Achievements Award
2010: EAA's Freedom of Flight Award
2009: International Aviation Air and Space Hall of Fame Inductee
2008: National Aviation Hall of Fame Inductee
2007: Living Legend in Aviation Award
2007: International Council of Airshows Hall of Fame Inductee
2006: National Aeronautics Association Crystal Eagle Award
2003: Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Named One of the 25 Living Legends of Flight
2001: USAF Gathering of Eagles Inductee
2000: World Airshow Federation Champion
2000: International Council of Airshows Sword of Excellence
1998–2001: Undefeated Champion of the Championship Airshow Pilots Association Challenge
1997: General Aviation News and Flyer Reader's Choice Award for Best Male Performer
1992: The Art Scholl Memorial Showmanship Award
1992: The Bill Barber Award for Airshow Showmanship
1988: U.S. National Advanced Aerobatic Champion
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 climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, 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. 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 1200 performances at more than 450 airshows, in front of more than 100 million fans. The level of professionalism and excitement in Sean's airshow displays is no coincidence. Sean practices his airshow routine three times every day. To endure the extreme physical demands of each routine, Sean maintains a rigorous physical training schedule by working-out over 340 days per year.
Sean has been named as one of the Living Legends in Aviation, National Aviation Hall of Fame inductee, recipient of the Crystal Eagle Award, the General Charles E. Yeager International Aeronautical Achievement Award, inductee at the 2001 USAF Gathering of Eagles, and named as one of the Living Legends of Flight. 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.
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. Sean is extremely passionate about every aspect of the Team Oracle program. 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." 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 talk about feeling a rekindled enthusiasm for their own passions in life.
Sean has logged over 20,000 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.