About Sean D. Tucker and Jessy Panzer

Whether he’s climbing one of the Seven Summits, heli-skiing, or flying his aerobatic dream machine, Sean D. Tucker is an aviation leader with a full-throttle attitude who inspires others to pursue their passions.

Sean and Jessy

Sean D. Tucker

Sean D. Tucker is more than a remarkable aviator and industry leading aerobatic pilot. He’s celebrated by his peers, adored by his fans and admired as a legend. He is advancing flight safety, inspiring countless pilots, mentoring generations and astonishing millions with his awe-inspiring, one-of-a-kind power aerobatic performances.

Tucker is extoled as the “Ambassador of Aerobatics” by the National Aviation Hall of Fame in which he was enshrined in 2008. In 2003, Tucker was selected as one of 25 Living Legends of Flight by Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.

He is the co-founder and president of the Bob Hoover Academy, a non-profit academy that facilitates transformative life experiences using aviation as a metaphor for a deeper mission: to capture students’ minds, to focus their energies and to cultivate success in the classroom and in life.

In 2013, the Experimental Aircraft Association named Tucker as the chairman of EAA Young Eagles, aviation’s flagship program to introduce children to flight. Tucker has assumed the responsibility with great fervor, engaging kids in aviation and recognizing the more than 55,000 volunteer pilots who have flown more than 2.1 million Young Eagles since the program began.

When not flying, mentoring or training, Tucker is spending time with his wife Colleen and their family and climbing mountains. He has climbed four of the Seven Summits of the World and more than 100 peaks of an altitude over 14,000 feet.

Jessy Panzer

Jessy Panzer is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a certified flight instructor in airplanes, rotorcraft and seaplanes. She began flying aerobatics in 2000 and in 2012 joined the U.S. Advanced Aerobatic Team. She flew her first air show in Fairmont, Nebraska, the site for the 2003 Nebraska State Fly-In. In 2004, she qualified in the Formula One Class to race at the Reno National Championship Air Races. Panzer’s path first crossed with Tucker and Bill Stein in 2005 when she was invited to be mentored by the two along with Wayne Handley on the ‘Stars of Tomorrow’ Aerobatic Flight Team. Panzer will fly the Oracle Extra 300L alongside Sean D. Tucker’s Oracle Challenger III.

Sean’s Special Honors

  • National Aviation Hall of Fame Inductee
  • International Aviation Air and Space Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Named One of the 25 Living Legends of Flight by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
  • Chairman of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Young Eagles Program
  • Honorary member of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, U.S. Navy Blue Angels, Royal Canadian Snowbirds, Brazilian Air Force Smoke Squadron, U.S. Army Golden Knights
  • U.S. Air Force Gathering of Eagles
  • General Charles E. Yeager International Aeronautical Achievements Award
  • Living Legend in Aviation Award
  • World Airshow Federation Champion
  • The Bill Barber Award for Airshow Showmanship
  • U.S. National Advanced Aerobatic Champion

Sky Bites

  • Sean has logged more than 20,000 hours flying time, which is equivalent to flying 24 hours a day for more than two years.
  • More than half of Sean's maneuvers have never been duplicated by another aerobatic pilot.
  • During media photo flights, Sean flies upright and inverted within 5 feet of the support plane carrying photographers.
  • Twice during the performance, Sean flies the aircraft backwards, straight-down, tail-first at more than 100 mph.
  • Sean is the only pilot to perform a triple ribbon cut. He flies through the ribbons, which are only 25 feet off the ground, at 220 mph in right knife-edge for the first ribbon, then left knife-edge, and finally inverted.