The 1st Annual Endeavor Awards welcomes popular air show performer Sean Tucker to the Host Committee of the gala event. Tucker joins another legendary aviator Clay Lacy; Endeavour Astronaut Scott Parazynski and his fellow astronauts; and, Hollywood luminaries, Robert Zemeckis and Ed Asner as they honor the true heroes of flying, both individuals and organizations, who have shown their devotion to Public Benefit Aviation.
To his millions of air show fans, Sean Tucker is a larger than life character. When asked about his performances, Sean responds, “I like to think that I bring the fans’ dreams of flying into the plane with me. There’s nowhere I’d rather be than in the cockpit, sharing the magic of flight with Team Oracle’s guests 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.” This energy is infectious; guests talk about feeling a rekindled enthusiasm for their own passions in life.
“Sean Tucker is a inspiration to me and thousands of other pilots,” said Ben Marcus, Co-Founder of jetAVIVA and member of the Endeavor Awards Gala Host Committee. “I am delighted to welcome Sean to our inaugural Endeavor Awards event. As a young pilot I saw him perform on my first trip to Oshkosh. Later, I attended Sean’s aerobatic training courses, and Sean became a mentor, not only for his masterful flying but also for his teachings on the psychology of flying.”
Marcus said that proceeds of the May 4, 2014 event at the Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Pavilion in the California Science Center, will benefit Angel Flight West (AFW), whose corps of volunteer pilots gives the gift of flight to thousands of children and adults who require treatment at faraway medical centers.
About Sean D. Tucker
Sean Tucker’s life is marked by a search for excellence and perfected skill. He is not satisfied unless he is learning, refining a skill, or conquering a fear. Whether he is climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, heli-skiing, cave SCUBA diving, golfing, or flying his one-of-a kind aerobatic dream machine, Sean D. Tucker is full-throttle and extremely accomplished.
He has been flying air shows worldwide since the mid-70’s and has won numerous aerobatic competitions. In that time, Sean has logged more than 24,000 hours, flown more than 1200 performances at more than 500 air shows, in front of more than 122 million fans. The level of professionalism and excitement in Sean’s air show displays is no coincidence. Sean practices his air show routine three times every day. To endure the extreme physical demands of each routine, Sean maintains a rigorous physical training schedule by working-out over 340 days per year.
Sean has been named as one of the Living Legends in Aviation, National Aviation Hall of Fame inductee, recipient of the Crystal Eagle Award, the General Charles E. Yeager International Aeronautical Achievement Award, inductee at the 2001 USAF Gathering of Eagles, and was recently selected as Chairman of the Young Eagles, inspiring the new pilots of tomorrow.
Sean has earned his place among the elite group of aviators and astronauts that includes General Jimmy Doolittle, General ‘Chuck’ Yeager, Bob Hoover, Gene Cernan and John Glenn.