It’s 1972 and two engineers working for the American Optical Company in Southbridge, MA decide to strike out on their own. To promote their new business they team up with Sean Tucker, aerobatic pilot extraordinaire.
Their names? Jan Waszkiewicz and Stanley Zaleski.
A few years back I had the great pleasure of meeting Stanley during a visit to the Randolph Engineering plant in Randolph, MA. As you might expect, Stanley was sitting at a work bench still trying to figure out a way to improve Randolph Engineering’s iconic product – their flagship Randolph Aviator sunglasses.
The Early Days & Sean Tucker
Randolph Engineering started out like any other fledgling business with nothing more than an idea. They felt that they could create a better product than the company they had been working for.
But how to get traction in a market saturated with competitors?
Well, that’s where Sean Tucker comes in.
Meet Sean Tucker
Sean D. Tucker is a pilot who has spent his life searching for excellence and working at perfecting his skills as an aerobatic pilot.
He is a full-throttle kind of pilot who has been performing at airshows around the world since the mid-70’s.
Ah, so now we see the connection – a company struggling to make a name for itself combined with an aerobatic pilot searching for sponsors.
A perfect combination you might say.
So for a few years Sean paints his aircraft to compliment the Randolph Sunglasses color scheme and both Randolph and Sean take off!
The 2017 AOPA R.A. “Bob” Hoover Trophy
By unanimous agreement of the selection committee members Sean D. Tucker has been chosen to receive the second 2017 AOPA R.A. “Bob” Hoover Trophy, a wish that the late Bob Hoover himself had. Bob Hoover won the first Hoover Trophy himself shortly before his death on Oct. 25, 2016.
Sean was honored for demonstrating the airmanship, leadership and passion the Bob Hoover exhibited during his distinguished career and life as a pilot and aviation advocate.
Sean D. Tucker Today
Sean has been named as one of the Living Legends in Aviation, National Aviation Hall of Fame inductee, recipient of the Crystal Eagle Award, the General Charles E. Yeager International Aeronautical Achievement Award, inductee at the 2001 USAF Gathering of Eagles, and named as one of the Living Legends of Flight.
This raises Sean into an elite group of aviators and astronauts that includes General Jimmy Doolittle, General ‘Chuck’ Yeager, Bob Hoover, Gene Cernan and John Glenn.
You can also see some of his flying skills at the TeamOracleAirplane YouTube Channel.
In addition to being a phenomenal aviator, he is also a larger than life character who touches the heart of his fans and inspires millions of Americans.
Sean is extremely passionate about every aspect of the Team Oracle program.
Sean says, “I like to think that I bring the fans’ dreams of flying into the plane with me and there’s nowhere I’d rather be than in the cockpit.
And so today we have two winners: Sean D. Tucker, aerobatic pilot extraordinaire and Randolph Engineering, manufacturer of the incredibly beautiful and functional Randolph Aviator Sunglasses.
Keep your eyes cool and protected today my friend!
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