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.
Howard HughesHoward Hughes
24 December 1905
Entrepreneur, Investor
George H. W. BushGeorge H. W. Bush
12 June 1924
41st U.S. President

John McCainJohn McCain
29 August 1936
United States Senator

Amelia EarhartAmelia Earhart
24 July 1897
Aviator, Pilot

Alan ShepardAlan Shepard
18 November 1923
Astronaut, Aviator, Entrepreneur

Charles LindberghCharles Lindbergh
04 February 1902
Aviator, Inventor & Author
Chuck YeagerChuck Yeager
13 February 1923
Officer

Dieter DenglerDieter Dengler
22 May 1938
Aviator

Bessie ColemanBessie Coleman
26 January 1892
Aviator

Anne Morrow LindberghAnne Morrow Lindbergh
22 June 1906
Renowned Author & Aviator
John T. WaltonJohn T. Walton
08 October 1946
Sam Walton's Son

Orville WrightOrville Wright
19 August 1871
Co-inventor of First Successful Airplane
Wilbur WrightWilbur Wright
16 April 1867
 

Jim LovellJim Lovell
25 March 1928
Officer, Astronaut, Test pilot, Aviator,

Frank BormanFrank Borman
14 March 1928
Air force officer, Test pilot, Astronaut,
Fred HaiseFred Haise
14 November 1933
Officer, Astronaut, Aviator, Fighter pilot

Deke SlaytonDeke Slayton
01 March 1924
Officer, Aviator, Astronaut, Autobiographer
Roger B. ChaffeeRoger B. Chaffee
15 February 1935
Officer, Aviator, Astronaut

Ken MattinglyKen Mattingly
17 March 1936
Officer, Astronaut, Aviator

Wally SchirraWally Schirra
12 March 1923
United States Naval Aviator, Astronaut,
Gordon CooperGordon Cooper
06 March 1927
Officer, Astronaut, Test pilot, Aerospace

Charles DukeCharles Duke
03 October 1935
Air force officer, Astronaut, Test pilot, Fighter
Pete ConradPete Conrad
02 June 1930
Officer, Astronaut, Aviator, Racecar driver

Alan BeanAlan Bean
15 March 1932
Officer, Test pilot, Astronaut, Painter, Aviator

Paul TibbetsPaul Tibbets
23 February 1915
Officer, Aviator

Jimmy DoolittleJimmy Doolittle
14 December 1896
Aviator, Officer
James StockdaleJames Stockdale
23 December 1923
Officer, Aviator, Politician
Scott CarpenterScott Carpenter
01 May 1925
Test pilot, Aquanaut, Astronaut, Autobiographer,

Richard E. ByrdRichard E. Byrd
25 October 1888
Explorer, Officer, Oceanographer, Aviator

Eugene CernanEugene Cernan
14 March 1934
Officer, Aviator, Astronaut, Fighter pilot,

Edgar MitchellEdgar Mitchell
17 September 1930
Officer, Astronaut, Aviator
James IrwinJames Irwin
17 March 1930
Officer, Astronaut, Aviator

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Eddie RickenbackerEddie Rickenbacker
08 October 1890
Aviator, Racecar driver, Military personnel

Randy ShughartRandy Shughart
13 August 1958
Military personnel, Aviator, Soldier

Story MusgraveStory Musgrave
19 August 1935
Astronaut, Statistician, Aviator, Officer

Henry H. ArnoldHenry H. Arnold
25 June 1886
Military personnel, Aviator
Joseph KittingerJoseph Kittinger
27 July 1928
Officer, Aviator, Balloonist

Guion BlufordGuion Bluford
22 November 1942
Officer, Astronaut, Engineer, Aviator
Bruce McCandless IIBruce McCandless II
08 June 1937
Officer, Astronaut, Aviator

Burt RutanBurt Rutan
17 June 1943
Aerospace engineer, Engineer, Aviator,

Betty OngBetty Ong
05 February 1956
Flight attendant
William C. McCoolWilliam C. McCool
23 September 1961
Officer, Astronaut, Aviator

Jake PavelkaJake Pavelka
27 January 1978
Aviator, Aerospace engineer, Engineer, Actor,
Gail HalvorsenGail Halvorsen
10 October 1920
Officer, Aviator

Walter CunninghamWalter Cunningham
16 March 1932
Astronaut, Officer, Aviator, Fighter pilot

Donn F. EiseleDonn F. Eisele
23 June 1930
Officer, Test pilot, Astronaut, Aviator

James McDivittJames McDivitt
10 June 1929
Officer, Test pilot, Astronaut, Aviator

Stuart RoosaStuart Roosa
16 August 1933
Officer, Astronaut, Aviator
Rusty SchweickartRusty Schweickart
25 October 1935
Officer, Test pilot, Astronaut, Aviator

Alfred WordenAlfred Worden
07 February 1932
Officer, Astronaut, Aviator

Joe EngleJoe Engle
26 August 1932
Officer, Astronaut, Test pilot, Aerospace

Robert CrippenRobert Crippen
11 September 1937
Officer, Astronaut, Aviator
Robert L. GibsonRobert L. Gibson
30 October 1946
Officer, Astronaut, Aviator

Nate SaintNate Saint
30 August 1923
Aviator
Forrest BirdForrest Bird
09 June 1921
Aviator