Famous American Aviators

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Amelia Earhart
(The First Female Aviator to Fly Solo Across the Atlantic Ocean)
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Birthdate: July 24, 1897
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Atchison, Kansas, United States
Died: January 5, 1939

Amelia Earhart became the first female pilot to complete a solo trans-Atlantic flight, in 1932. A champion for equal rights, Amelia later wrote best-selling memoirs and contributed to the women pilot’s group The Ninety-Nines. In 1937, Amelia disappeared while flying over the Pacific Ocean and was later declared dead.

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Orville Wright
(Co-inventor of First Successful Airplane)
Orville Wright
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Birthdate: August 19, 1871
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, United States
Died: January 30, 1948

Orville Wright was an aviation pioneer who alongside his brother, Wilbur, built and flew the world's first successful motor-operated airplane, the Wright Flyer, a heavier-than-air aircraft. The three-axis control system developed by the brothers remains standard on fixed-wing aircraft of all kinds. Orville also served on the board of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA).

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Charles Lindbergh
(Remembered for Making the First Nonstop Solo Flight Across the Atlantic)
Charles Lindbergh
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Birthdate: February 4, 1902
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: August 26, 1974
Charles Lindbergh shot to fame after completing the first solo, and the longest, trans-Atlantic flight, in 1927. In his later years, his son’s highly publicized kidnapping and murder broke him completely. He also participated in World War II and worked on inventions that made flight navigation and heart surgeries easier.
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Alan Shepard
(Astronaut, Aviator, Entrepreneur)
Alan Shepard
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Birthdate: November 18, 1923
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Derry
Died: July 21, 1998

Alan Shepard was an astronaut and the first American to travel into space. In 1971, Shepard became the fifth and oldest astronaut to walk on the Moon; he was 47 years and 80 days old at that time. From 1963 to 1969, he played an important role as the Chief of the Astronaut Office. His work inspired several TV series.

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Bessie Coleman
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Birthdate: January 26, 1892
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Atlanta, Texas, United States
Died: April 30, 1926
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Scott Kelly
(Engineer)
Scott Kelly
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Birthdate: February 21, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: City of Orange, New Jersey, United States
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Treat Williams
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Birthdate: December 1, 1951
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rowayton, Connecticut, United States
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Gordon Cooper
(Officer, Astronaut, Test pilot, Aerospace engineer, Engineer, Aviator)
Gordon Cooper
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Birthdate: March 6, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Shawnee
Died: October 4, 2004

Part of the seven Project Mercury astronauts, Gordon Cooper manned a 34-hour space mission, becoming the first American to stay for a day in space. As part of the Gemini 5 mission, he and his co-pilot proved it was possible for astronauts to survive a mission to the Moon and back.

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Russell Johnson
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Birthdate: November 10, 1924
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ashley, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: January 16, 2014
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Susan Oliver
(Actress)
Susan Oliver
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Birthdate: February 13, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: May 10, 1990
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Fred Haise
(Former Astronaut who is one of only 24 people to have flown to the Moon, having flown as Lunar Module Pilot on Apollo 13)
Fred Haise
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Birthdate: November 14, 1933
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
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John Young
(He became the ninth person to walk on the Moon as commander of the Apollo 16 mission in 1972)
John Young
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Birthdate: September 24, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: January 5, 2018
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Pete Conrad
(American NASA astronaut was the third person to walk on the Moon)
Pete Conrad
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Birthdate: June 2, 1930
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: July 8, 1999
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Neil Armstrong
(The First Person to Walk on the Moon)
Neil Armstrong
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Birthdate: August 5, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wapakoneta, Ohio, United States
Died: August 25, 2012

The first person to walk on the Moon, Neil Armstrong was an astronaut and aeronautical engineer. Prior to his trip to the Moon, he became NASA's first civilian astronaut to fly in space. After resigning from NASA, he taught in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Cincinnati. He was a Presidential Medal of Freedom awardee.

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Scott Carpenter
(Test pilot, Aquanaut, Astronaut, Autobiographer, Aviator, Writer)
Scott Carpenter
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Birthdate: May 1, 1925
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Boulder
Died: October 10, 2013
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Dieter Dengler
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Birthdate: May 22, 1938
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wildberg, Germany
Died: February 7, 2001
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Anne Morrow Lindbergh
(Renowned Author & Aviator)
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
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Birthdate: June 22, 1906
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Englewood, New Jersey
Died: February 7, 2001
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Eddie Rickenbacker
(Aviator, Racecar Driver, Military Personnel)
Eddie Rickenbacker
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Birthdate: October 8, 1890
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
Died: July 23, 1973
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Frank Borman
(Air force officer, Test pilot, Astronaut, Autobiographer, Aviator)
Frank Borman
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Birthdate: March 14, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Gary
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Wally Schirra
(NASA astronaut who became one of the original seven astronauts chosen for Project Mercury)
Wally Schirra
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Birthdate: March 12, 1923
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hackensack, New Jersey, United States
Died: May 3, 2007
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Ken Mattingly
(Officer, Astronaut, Aviator)
Ken Mattingly
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Birthdate: March 17, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chicago
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Randy Shughart
(Military personnel, Aviator, Soldier)
Randy Shughart
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Birthdate: August 13, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lincoln
Died: October 3, 1993
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James Stockdale
(Aviator, Politician)
James Stockdale
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Birthdate: December 23, 1923
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Abingdon, Illinois, United States
Died: July 5, 2005
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Igor Sikorsky
(Aviator)
Igor Sikorsky
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Birthdate: May 25, 1889
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kiev, Ukraine
Died: October 26, 1972

Igor Sikorsky was a Russian-American aviator known for his pioneering contributions to the development of both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. Born in Russia, he immigrated to US as a young man and founded the Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation in 1923. He is also credited for developing the first of Pan American Airways' ocean-crossing flying boats. 

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Betty Ong
(Former Flight attendant known for alerting American Airlines staff of Flight 11's hijacking)
Betty Ong
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Birthdate: February 5, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: September 11, 2001
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Steve Fossett
(The First Person to Fly Solo Nonstop Around the World in a Balloon and in a Fixed-Wing Aircraft)
Steve Fossett
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Birthdate: April 22, 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jackson, Tennessee, United States
Died: September 3, 2007

Apart from being the first solo balloonist to circumnavigate the world, Steve Fossett also competed the first non-stop solo flight across the world. The adventurer also owned a securities company. His plane went missing on a 2007 mission in western Nevada, and he was declared dead on the discovery of the wreckage.

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Edgar Mitchell
(Officer, Astronaut, Aviator)
Edgar Mitchell
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Birthdate: September 17, 1930
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hereford
Died: February 4, 2016
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Roger B. Chaffee
(Officer, Aviator, Astronaut)
Roger B. Chaffee
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Birthdate: February 15, 1935
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Grand Rapids
Died: January 27, 1967
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Eugene Cernan
(Former Astronaut who became the eleventh man to walk on the Moon during the Apollo 17 mission)
Eugene Cernan
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Birthdate: March 14, 1934
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: January 16, 2017
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Alan Bean
(American naval officer and aviator who was the fourth person to walk on the Moon)
Alan Bean
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Birthdate: March 15, 1932
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wheeler, Texas, United States
Died: May 26, 2018
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MJ Hegar
(Politician)
MJ Hegar
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Birthdate: March 16, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fairfield, Connecticut, U.S.
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Jay McGraw
(Writer)
Jay McGraw
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Birthdate: September 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wichita County, Texas, United States
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Guion Bluford
(Aerospace Engineer)
Guion Bluford
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Birthdate: November 22, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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Charles Duke
(Air force officer, Astronaut, Test pilot, Fighter pilot, Flight instructor, Aviator, Businessperson)
Charles Duke
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Birthdate: October 3, 1935
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Charlotte
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James Irwin
(Officer, Astronaut, Aviator)
James Irwin
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Birthdate: March 17, 1930
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pittsburgh
Died: August 8, 1991
George Stephen Morrison
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Birthdate: January 7, 1919
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rome, Georgia, United States
Died: November 17, 2008
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Edward O'Hare
(Aviator)
Edward O'Hare
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Birthdate: March 13, 1914
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: November 26, 1943
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Burt Rutan
(Aerospace engineer, Engineer, Aviator, Entrepreneur)
Burt Rutan
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Birthdate: June 17, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Estacada
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Joseph Kittinger
(Commanding officer)
Joseph Kittinger
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Birthdate: July 27, 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tampa, Florida, United States
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Bruce McCandless II
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Birthdate: June 8, 1937
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: December 21, 2017
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Eugene Bullard
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Birthdate: October 9, 1895
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Columbus, Georgia, United States
Died: October 12, 1961
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Gail Halvorsen
(Officer, Aviator)
Gail Halvorsen
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Birthdate: October 10, 1920
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Salt Lake City
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Alfred Worden
(Officer, Astronaut, Aviator)
Alfred Worden
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Birthdate: February 7, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Jackson
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William C. McCool
(Officer, Astronaut, Aviator)
William C. McCool
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Birthdate: September 23, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: San Diego
Died: February 1, 2003
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Wiley Post
(Aviator)
Wiley Post
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Birthdate: November 22, 1898
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Grand Saline, Texas, United States
Died: August 15, 1935
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Geraldyn M Cobb
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Birthdate: March 5, 1931
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Norman, USA
Died: March 18, 2019
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Jacqueline Cochran
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Birthdate: May 11, 1906
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Muscogee, Cantonment, Florida, United States
Died: August 9, 1980
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Story Musgrave
(Astronaut, Statistician, Aviator, Officer)
Story Musgrave
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Birthdate: August 19, 1935
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Boston
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William Boeing
(American Aviation Pioneer and Founder of ‘The Boeing Company’)
William Boeing
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Birthdate: October 1, 1881
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: September 28, 1956
Aviation mogul and Boeing founder William Boeing was initially a timber man. While learning to fly from Glenn L. Martin, he bought a plane from him, damaged it, and managed to repair it. Inspired by this, he built his first plane. He was also a horse-breeder and an avid reader.
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Claire Lee Chennault
(Military aviator)
Claire Lee Chennault
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Birthdate: September 6, 1893
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Commerce, Texas, United States
Died: July 27, 1958
The aviation industry would have lost many of its precious jewels had Americans not been included in the list. Though none can decline the fame of Neil Armstrong to be the grandest when it comes to American aviators, there have been number of other aviators who have contributed greatly. Topping the list is Charles Lindbergh, the first man to cross the Atlantic Ocean solo, flying from New York to Paris. Not far behind is John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth. His accomplishments on-board Freedom 7 was a marvellously impressive feat of the then era. Adding to the list of accomplishments are feats by aviators Jimmy Doolittle, Chuck Yeagar, Steve Fossett, Richard E Byrd, James Banning, Bud Day and Glenn Curtiss. Interestingly, not just men, women too have left an indelible mark on the American aviation industry with their achievements and accomplishments. The first amongst them to mention is Amelia Earhart, popularly known as Lady Lindy. She was the first woman to fly solo across Atlantic Ocean and the first to fly solo from Honolulu to Oakland. Bessie Coleman changed the paradox of the aviation industry by becoming the first African American woman to become a pilot. To know more interesting facts about famous American aviators, check out this section.