Robert a. "bob" hoover (jan 24, 1922 - oct 25, 2016)
Bob Hoover was an air show pilot, United States Air Force test pilot, and fighter pilot. Known as the "pilot's pilot," Hoover revolutionized modern aerobatic flying and has been referred to in many aviation circles as one of the greatest pilots ever to have lived. But, even more than that, he was an incredible man - a Legendary Gentleman who valued education, mental prowess, patriotism, humility, optimism, reverence for the sky, dignity and tenacity. He is an ideal role model for the students. It was for those reasons that, a few months before his passing, we asked Bob if we could name our non-profit the Bob Hoover Academy to memorialize his legacy. Bob enthusiastically gave us his blessing. It is an honor to carry on his memory.
Sean d. tucker, chairman & co-founder
The Bob Hoover Academy is the brainchild of aviation legend and virtuoso air show performer, Sean D. Tucker, who is best known for his airshow performances in the Oracle Challenger. Whether he’s climbing Mt. Aconcagua, heli-skiing, or flying his aerobatic dream machine, Sean D. Tucker is an aviation leader with a full-throttle attitude who inspires others to pursue their passions.
eric tucker, co-founder
Eric Tucker is enraptured by education and aviation. He is a corporate pilot for Clif Bar and an accomplished aerobatic pilot with a BS in Aerospace Engineering. He fuels his passion for learning thru numerous online courses and personal studies in subjects ranging from Artificial Intelligence for Robotics, Programming, Physics, Entrepreneurship, PsycoPhysiology, Gourmet Foraging and Music.
In 2014, Eric and Sean teamed up to form the predecessor of the Bob Hoover Academy, Every Kid Can Fly. Sean took the lead in fundraising and building awareness for the project amongst key industry leaders while Eric lead the effort to develop business operations and forge strategic partnerships within the local community and nationwide to include: the Monterey County Office of Education, the Stanford Advisory Consulting Team (thru the Center for Non-Profit Excellence and the Community Foundation of Monterey County), and the Aviation Community Foundation.
We have assembled a passionate, talented, dynamic and diverse team to sculpt this project into a gem that has the power to radically transform the lives of our students. We are inspired both by our successes and our opportunities for improvement. As they say, “It takes a village…”
To all that touch this project - Thank you for your time, energy and creative vision!