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.
George H. W. BushGeorge H. W. Bush

12 June 1924

John McCainJohn McCain

29 August 1936

Howard HughesHoward Hughes

24 December 1905

Amelia EarhartAmelia Earhart

24 July 1897

Charles LindberghCharles Lindbergh

04 February 1902

Chuck YeagerChuck Yeager

13 February 1923

Alan ShepardAlan Shepard

18 November 1923

Bessie ColemanBessie Coleman

26 January 1892

Dieter DenglerDieter Dengler

22 May 1938

Orville WrightOrville Wright

19 August 1871

Wilbur WrightWilbur Wright

16 April 1867

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Jim LovellJim Lovell

25 March 1928

Jimmy DoolittleJimmy Doolittle

14 December 1896

Fred HaiseFred Haise

14 November 1933

Gordon CooperGordon Cooper

06 March 1927

Ken MattinglyKen Mattingly

17 March 1936

Deke SlaytonDeke Slayton

01 March 1924

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Scott CarpenterScott Carpenter

01 May 1925

Paul TibbetsPaul Tibbets

23 February 1915

Richard E. ByrdRichard E. Byrd

25 October 1888

Randy ShughartRandy Shughart

13 August 1958

Roger B. ChaffeeRoger B. Chaffee

15 February 1935

Guion BlufordGuion Bluford

22 November 1942

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Eddie RickenbackerEddie Rickenbacker

08 October 1890

Frank BormanFrank Borman

14 March 1928

James StockdaleJames Stockdale

23 December 1923

Charles DukeCharles Duke

03 October 1935

Pete ConradPete Conrad

02 June 1930

Wally SchirraWally Schirra

12 March 1923

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James IrwinJames Irwin

17 March 1930

Henry H. ArnoldHenry H. Arnold

25 June 1886

Eugene CernanEugene Cernan

14 March 1934

Burt RutanBurt Rutan

17 June 1943

Edgar MitchellEdgar Mitchell

17 September 1930

Alan BeanAlan Bean

15 March 1932

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Jake PavelkaJake Pavelka

27 January 1978

Betty OngBetty Ong

05 February 1956

Joseph KittingerJoseph Kittinger

27 July 1928

Alfred WordenAlfred Worden

07 February 1932

William C. McCoolWilliam C. McCool

23 September 1961

Story MusgraveStory Musgrave

19 August 1935

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Bruce McCandless IIBruce McCandless II

08 June 1937

Gail HalvorsenGail Halvorsen

10 October 1920

James McDivittJames McDivitt

10 June 1929

Rusty SchweickartRusty Schweickart

25 October 1935

Walter CunninghamWalter Cunningham

16 March 1932

Donn F. EiseleDonn F. Eisele

23 June 1930

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Stuart RoosaStuart Roosa

16 August 1933

Joe EngleJoe Engle

26 August 1932

Robert L. GibsonRobert L. Gibson

30 October 1946

Robert CrippenRobert Crippen

11 September 1937

Nate SaintNate Saint

30 August 1923

Forrest BirdForrest Bird

09 June 1921