Celebrated airshow pilot Sean D. Tucker mentioned last June that he was considering stepping away from a solo performance career that spans 40 years and more than 1,275 performances after the 2018 season. Sadly for anyone who has seen him perform—and perhaps even more-so for those who haven’t—it looks like he’s sticking to that plan.
In a recent interview with AOPA, Tucker shared a little more about his future in aerobatic performance flight. In June, he hinted that leading his own formation team might be the next chapter in his career. Though he hasn’t shared many details, he told AOPA that he’s looking at a five-ship team with plans to eventually expand it to a seven-ship routine. No word yet on what aircraft the team would fly or who—besides Tucker, of course—would pilot them.
It sounds like Tucker’s idea is to create a performance that continues on with much of what he aimed for in his solo show: a constantly engaging routine that sticks close to show center and is both slow enough and powerful enough to accomplish those things spectacularly.
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