Friday, June 29, 2012

Hall of Fame Legend to Fly at Air Show

Sean D. Tucker in his Oracle Challenger III bi-plane (courtesy photo)
National Aviation Hall of Fame legend Sean D. Tucker will be performing his awe-inspiring aerobatic flying routine at this weekend’s Service Credit Union Boston-Portsmouth Air Show.  The show takes to the skies Saturday and Sunday, June 30 and July 1 at the Portsmouth International Airport at Pease.  Tucker and Team Oracle arrived to begin practice on Wednesday, June 13
Tucker is internationally-known as the world’s premier civilian aviator and has received the highest awards in the industry including induction into the National Aviation Hall of Fame, the International Council of Air Shows Hall of Fame, the Living Legend Aviation Award, and many other awards and recognitions. He has been flying air shows worldwide since the mid 1970's and has won numerous aerobatic competitions. In that time, Tucker has flown more than 1,000 performances at more than 425 air shows, in front of more than 80 million fans.
Tucker’s airplane, the Oracle Challenger III bi-plane, has continued to improve each year. Tucker 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 he asked of it. This resulted in the most high-performance aerobatic aircraft in the world in its time, the Challenger II biplane.  Tucker’s continuous demand to push the aircraft further resulted in the 2010 unveiling of the Oracle Challenger III, which is the most high-performance aerobatic aircraft in the world today.  This fire-breathing monster packs more than 400 horsepower, weighs just over 1,200 pounds and responds to the slightest pressure on the control stick even at 300 mph. To endure the extreme physical demands of each routine, Tucker maintains a rigorous physical training schedule by working out more than 340 days per year in a routine alternating jogging and weight-lifting.
Not only is Sean D. Tucker the leading aerobatic pilot in the world, he is also a larger than life character who touches the hearts of his fans and inspires millions of Americans. Tucker is extremely passionate about sharing his love of aviation with air show fans.  His self-proclaimed goal is to share the magic of flight with fans by inspiring and thrilling them. “I want them to go away saying that the air show was one of the most engaging days of their lives,” Tucker said. “We are extremely excited to be performing for the great fans in Portsmouth this weekend.”