Hear from a renowned aerobatic pilot about his inspiring career

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No one rolled and tumbled an airplane like Sean D. Tucker. For more than 40 years, this renowned aerobatic pilot has thrilled air show audiences by sharing his passion for flight. Starting his career as cropduster, Tucker learned aerobatics to feel more comfortable in the cockpit. He ultimately earned numerous accolades as an aerobatic pilot, including the 1988 Advanced National Aerobatic Champion title and induction into the National Aviation Hall of Fame and the International Council of Air Shows Hall of Fame. Tucker’s aerobatic biplane, Challenger III, was built by Specialty Aero and Aviation Specialties Unlimited to withstand Tucker’s impressive maneuvers—like rolling at 400 degrees per second and “flying” backwards!
Outside the cockpit, Tucker shared his passion by founding the Tutima Academy aerobatic flight school, co-founding the Bob Hoover Academy and chairing the EAA Young Eagles first flight program.
Join us to hear from Tucker about a singular lifetime of flight and his commitment to bringing young people into the aerospace community. And while you’re here, visit Challenger III in the newly opened Thomas W. Haas We All Fly gallery in at the Museum in Washington, DC.

This program will be presented in-person at the National Air and Space Museum in DC, and will be streamed on YouTube with live closed captioning. If you require another access service to fully participate or have any questions about accessibility, please contact NASMPublicLectures@si.edu. To ensure the best experience, please try to contact us at your soonest convenience.

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The GE Aviation Lecture Series is made possible by the generous support of GE Aerospace.

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National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC

6th St. and Independence Ave SW. Washington, DC 20560

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