Sean Tucker's Special Honors:
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 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.
Sean D. Tucker is the only civilian performer ever to be allowed to fly close formation with the Blue Angels and the Thunderbirds.
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