August 26, 2010
By AOPA ePublishing staff
FedEx Capt. Jim Tucker was flying in the right seat of a DC-10 on a cloudless spring day in 1994, when the trajectory of his life was suddenly and violently altered.
A suicidal coworker assaulted Tucker and two other crewmembers shortly after departure from Memphis International Airport, attempting to commandeer and crash the jet. “Center! Center! Emergency!” Tucker called to Memphis Center, later adding, “I’ve been wounded. We’ve had an attempted takeover onboard the airplane.” Find out from Tucker how the crew fought back and eventually landed, though seriously injured, and how he later returned to the skies as pilot in command of a Luscombe, at AOPA Aviation Summit.
In the AOPA Aviation Summit forum “Cockpit Courage” Friday, Nov. 12, at 11:30 a.m., Tucker will speak about the crew’s dramatic struggle for survival—at one point Tucker rolled the fully loaded, 500,000-pound aircraft nearly inverted to throw the attacker off balance. Tucker, Capt. David Sanders, and Flight Engineer Andy Peterson were awarded ALPA's Gold Medal for Heroism for their actions that day.
Get a chance to talk with Tucker in a more personal setting at a Thursday night dine-around dinner in downtown Long Beach. Tucker, a former U.S. Navy attack pilot, will join fellow veterans in “A Legacy of Service,” a dinner featuring military pilots such as Paco Chierici, F/A-18 pilot and movie producer of Speed & Angels; Jay Consalvi, F/A-18 pilot and Speed & Angels co-star; and Gabriel Glinski, V-22 Osprey combat pilot and U.S. Marine Corps captain. Attendees can register early for the limited-capacity event.
AOPA Aviation Summit takes place Nov. 11 through 13 in Long Beach, Calif. Register now.
Read more about Tucker’s return to flight, and watch a video that includes audio from the events that fateful day, in the AOPA Pilot online feature “‘ My Salvation.’”— AOPA ePublishing staff
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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