The Spreading Wings Gala honored aerobatics aviator Sean D. Tucker with more than 400 attending the “Forces of Flight” gala November 15 at Wings Over the Rockies Museum at Lowry.
With introductions by CEO Greg Anderson and Wings board members John Barry, CEO of Denver Metro Boys & Girls Clubs, and 9News anchor Amelia Earhart, the evening flew into high gear. Musical entertainment was provided with high precision by the Flying Drummers Aerial Performance, followed by silent and live auctions.
“I’ve known Sean for 30 years,” said Wings president and CEO Greg Anderson. “His skills and energy at airshows and events make him a true ‘force of flight'”.
Tucker was presented with the 2014 Spread Wings Award and shared his values and beliefs for aviators, student flyers, veteran pilots, and others interested in flight. Moreover, his enthusiasm for aviation overflowed with an energy and enthusiasm found in all his sky-high aerobatic presentations and one-to-one dialogues on the ground.
Tucker likes to practice his routine three times every day, and to endure the physical demands he maintains a demanding training schedule and works out nearly every day.
Named as one of the Living Legends of Flight, Tucker is a member of an elite group of aviators and astronauts that includes General Jimmy Doolittle, General “Chuck” Yeager and John Glenn. Tucker has logged more than 20,000 hours flying time, which is like flying 24 hours a day for two years.
December 2014 marks the 20th anniversary for The Wings Over the Rockies Museum. And, to celebrate, the museum, is offering a 4-week special list of events throughout the month. Following the groundbreaking of Wings’ new Exploration of Flight site at Centennial Airport, the museum will officially celebrate it’s 20th anniversary at Hangar No. 1 in Lowry from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. on December 1. For more information visit www.wingsmuseum.org.