About Sean D. Tucker

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 has been flying airshows worldwide since the mid-70’s and has won numerous aerobatic competitions. In that time, he has flown more than 1,275 performances at more than 525 airshows, in front of more than 135 million fans.

The level of professionalism and discipline in Sean’s airshows is no coincidence. He practices his airshow routine three times every day. To endure the extreme physical demands of each routine, Sean maintains a rigorous physical training schedule, working out more than 340 days per year.

Named as one of the Living Legends of Flight, Sean is a member of an elite group of aviators and astronauts that includes General Jimmy Doolittle, General “Chuck” Yeager, and John Glenn.

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.”

In addition to being a phenomenal aviator, Sean is also a larger than life character who inspires millions of Americans. And he is passionate about the Team Oracle program. His 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.”

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.