Air Show Performer Sean Tucker On Life 'On The Safe Side Of The
If you've never seen
Sean Tucker perform a routine in his red Oracle Challenger biplane,
then you've never seen Shakespeare the way it's meant to be played.
Since entering the business in the 1970's, Tucker has flown more
than 700 performances at more than 300 airshows, in front of more
than 60 million fans -- and he's wowed each and every one of them,
with a routine that simply has to be seen to be believed.
"When I get into that cockpit, my goal is to have the wings
become my arms, and be part of the equipment... and throw down as
hard as I can," Tucker tells Aero-News' Jim Campbell in today's ANN
Tucker's routine includes maneuvers that defy logic and
explanation (a biplane simply shouldn't be able to hover, after all
-- yet Tucker makes his do it for ten seconds at a time 100 ft. off
the deck) but he always has to be mindful of the risks inherent in
a business where things can take a turn for the worse in a spilt
"If you die in this business, you've wasted your life. You're
supposed to live in this business," Tucker says. "What I try to do
to make sure that doesn't happen to me, is remind myself everyday
'I'm not gonna die in this airplane.' Ten feet off the ground,
upside down, at 250 mph isn't a place to have an ego.
"But it's always in the back of my mind to stay on the safe side
of the edge."
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