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This year will be Sean D. Tucker's final solo performance at the Dayton Air Show

This year will be Sean D. Tucker's final solo performance at the Dayton Air Show (Photo: Dayton Air Show)

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - He's a legend of the Dayton Air Show, and this morning organizers are announcing that this year will be Sean D. Tucker's final year performing solo at the show.

Tucker plans to retire after the 2018 air show season. Over the past four decades, Tucker has flown 26,000 hours in his red Oracle Challenger III biplane. Air Show officials say Tucker's plane will go to the Smithsonian after he retires.

While he is saying so long to flying solo, the 65-year-old pilot says he's not done playing yet. He plans to form an aerobatic team for future performances. Tucker says a team performance would be less physically demanding this his solo routine.

In addition to Tucker's performance at this year's show, the Navy's Blue Angels will headline the 44th annual show. The show will be on June 23 and 24. Tickets will go on sale starting May 14.

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