Having just wrapped up another wild and exciting performance with Team Oracle at the Vectren Dayton Air Show in Ohio, Sean Tucker will spend the next month, like most of us, preparing for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. And while Tucker has been electrifying fans with his aerobatic routines for more than 40 years, these performances will become a little more exciting in the coming months, because of the news that Tucker will retire from solo flying after the 2018 season.
As he told the Dayton Daily News, though, 2018 will not be his farewell tour. He will seek out sponsors for a new formation flying team, so air shows across the U.S. will still feature his choreographed routines.
“I’m not quitting,” he said. “I still love flying, but my gut’s telling me, you know, this airplane (Oracle Challenger III) is going to the Smithsonian. What an honor. We want to keep her safe.”
Tucker described his passion for aerobatic flight in a 2016 interview with Flying.