Sean D. Tucker's son Eric Tucker in his Extra 300.
The script for an airshow pilot reads simply: Learn to fly, gain experience, add aerobatics, compete, join the entertainment business, thrill millions, stay in the business if serendipity—and sponsors—smile on you.
That’s pretty much the life story of Eric W.D. Tucker, but with a prequel. The son of renowned airshow pilot Sean D. Tucker, Eric took his first airplane ride in the front seat of his father’s Pitts Special on the day before he was born. Sean, 56, chuckles over that 27-year-old memory while navigating the highway from his Salinas, California, home and talking on a cell phone. Referring to Colleen, his wife of 31 years, he says: “She was a couple weeks late. I was going skydiving that day, so we flew out to the place in my plane. I did one very gentle roll, and we landed. So Eric’s first taste of aerobatics came just hours before he was born.
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