Tucker Wins Hoover Trophy


Veteran airshow pilot Sean Tucker will receive AOPA’s R.A. “Bob” Hoover Trophy on March 8 at a ceremony at Terminal A at Reagan National Airport. The award was inaugurated last year and given to Hoover, who died last year. Tucker, who used Hoover as a role model in developing his own aerobatics career, is the second recipient. In a news release, the selection committee said Tucker was chosen for “demonstrating the airmanship, leadership and passion for aviation that Mr. Hoover exhibited during his distinguished career and life as a pilot and aviation advocate.”

Tucker helped emcee the tribute to Hoover at Van Nuys Airport last November and has been a fixture on the airshow circuit for decades. He is currently serving as chairman of Young Eagles and the AOPA award will add to a long list of accolades. Among those honors is his induction into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 2008, being named one of the Living Legends of Aviation and being one of the National Air and Space Museum’s 25 Living Legends of Flight.