Famous American Pilots

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 1 Howard Hughes

Howard Hughes
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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Investor
Birthdate: December 24, 1905
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Humble, Texas, United States
Died: April 5, 1976

A multi-talented personality, Howard Hughes was one of the richest person of his time. A business tycoon, he made big investments in films and aviation industry. Passionate about flying, he set numerous flying records, and also risked his own life in process. Howard Hughes who inherited his family business and became millionaire at the age of 18, was later on troubled with mental illness and turned recluse.

 2 Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart
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Famous As: Aviator, Pilot
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.

 3 Buzz Aldrin

Buzz Aldrin
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Famous As: Fighter pilot, Astronaut, Engineer
Birthdate: January 20, 1930
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Glen Ridge, New Jersey, United States
Buzz Aldrin became the second person to set foot on the Moon, as the pilot of NASA’s Apollo 11 mission, 19 minutes after Neil Armstrong stepped on the Moon, on July 21, 1969. Aldrin has also been a U.S. Air Force officer and flew fighter jets in the Korean War.
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 4 Francis Gary Powers

Francis Gary Powers
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Famous As: Pilot
Birthdate: August 17, 1929
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jenkins, Kentucky, United States
Died: August 1, 1977

Francis Gary Powers was an American pilot. His Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) U-2 spy plane was shot down in what came to be known as the 1960 U-2 incident. He was performing photographic aerial reconnaissance deep inside Soviet territory when the incident occurred. He survived and later worked as a helicopter pilot for KNBC in Los Angeles.

 5 Dean Paul Martin

Dean Paul Martin
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 17, 1951
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States
Died: March 21, 1987

Dean Paul Martin made his way into pop singing at the age of thirteen when he joined the pop group Dino, Desi & Billy. He earned a Golden Globe Award nomination for his performance in Players. He also became a successful tennis player and competed in junior competition at Wimbeldon. At the age of 16, he obtained his pilot's license.

 6 William Conrad

William Conrad
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 27, 1920
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died: February 11, 1994

William Conrad was an American actor and filmmaker whose entertainment career in radio, television, and film spanned five decades. He achieved popularity after starring as Frank Cannon in the popular detective television series, Cannon. In 1997, William Conrad was posthumously inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame and the National Radio Hall of Fame.

 7 Paul Tibbets

Paul Tibbets
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Famous As: Pilot
Birthdate: February 23, 1915
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Quincy, Illinois, United States
Died: November 1, 2007
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 8 Tom Harmon

Tom Harmon
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Famous As: American Football Players
Birthdate: September 28, 1919
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rensselaer, Indiana, USA
Died: March 15, 1990

 9 Pappy Boyington

Pappy Boyington
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Famous As: Pilot
Birthdate: December 4, 1912
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States
Died: January 11, 1988

 10 Billy Mitchell

Billy Mitchell
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Famous As: Military General
Birthdate: December 29, 1879
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nice, France
Died: February 19, 1936

 11 Jock Mahoney

Jock Mahoney
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 7, 1919
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died: December 14, 1989

 12 Dan Rowan

Dan Rowan
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Famous As: Comedians
Birthdate: July 22, 1922
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Beggs, Oklahoma, USA
Died: September 22, 1987

 13 Chesley Sullenberger

Chesley Sullenberger
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Famous As: Aviator
Birthdate: January 23, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Denison, Texas, United States

 14 Robert Taylor

Robert Taylor
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Famous As: Actor, Pilot
Birthdate: August 5, 1911
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Filley, Nebraska, United States
Died: June 8, 1969

 15 Steve Fossett

Steve Fossett
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Famous As: Businessman
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.

 16 Elliott Roosevelt

Elliott Roosevelt
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Famous As: Pilot
Birthdate: September 23, 1910
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: October 27, 1990

 17 Jake Pavelka

Jake Pavelka
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Famous As: Television personality
Birthdate: January 27, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States

 18 Rick Husband

Rick Husband
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Famous As: Astronaut
Birthdate: July 12, 1957
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Amarillo, Texas, United States
Died: February 1, 2003

 19 Richard Bong

Richard Bong
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Famous As: Aircraft pilot, Military personnel
Birthdate: September 24, 1920
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Superior, Wisconsin, United States
Died: August 6, 1945

 20 Edward O'Hare

Edward O'Hare
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Famous As: Aviator
Birthdate: March 13, 1914
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: November 26, 1943

 21 Fred Trump Jr.

Fred Trump Jr.
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Famous As: Aircraft pilot
Birthdate: October 14, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States
Died: September 26, 1981

 22 Eugene Bullard

Eugene Bullard
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Famous As: Pilot
Birthdate: October 9, 1895
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Columbus, Georgia, United States
Died: October 12, 1961

 23 Geraldyn M Cobb

Geraldyn M Cobb
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Famous As: Aviator
Birthdate: March 5, 1931
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Norman, USA
Died: March 18, 2019

 24 Charles Sweeney

Charles Sweeney
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Famous As: Pilot
Birthdate: December 27, 1919
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lowell, Massachusetts, United States
Died: July 16, 2004

 25 Jacqueline Cochran

Jacqueline Cochran
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Famous As: Pilot
Birthdate: May 11, 1906
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Muscogee, Cantonment, Florida, United States
Died: August 9, 1980

 26 Don Herbert

Don Herbert
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Famous As: Television Host
Birthdate: July 10, 1917
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Waconia, Minnesota, U.S.
Died: June 12, 2007

 27 Gabby Gabreski

Gabby Gabreski
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Famous As: Pilot
Birthdate: January 28, 1919
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oil City, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: January 31, 2002

 28 Terry Deitz

Terry Deitz
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Famous As: U.S. Navy pilot, television host, and two-time contestant on the American reality television show Survivor
Birthdate: October 10, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Matawan, New Jersey, United States

 29 Luke Aikins

Luke Aikins
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Famous As: Pilot, Skydiver
Birthdate: November 21, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Corpus Christi, Texas, United States

 30 Robert A. Lewis

Robert A. Lewis
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Famous As: Army Air Forces officer serving in the Pacific Theatre during World War II
Birthdate: October 18, 1917
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: June 18, 1983

 31 Vance D. Brand

Vance D. Brand
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Famous As: Astronaut
Birthdate: May 9, 1931
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Longmont, Colorado, United States

 32 Evan Mecham

Evan Mecham
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Famous As: Businessperson, Politician
Birthdate: May 12, 1924
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Duchesne, Utah, United States
Died: February 21, 2008

 33 David McCampbell

David McCampbell
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Famous As: Pilot
Birthdate: January 16, 1910
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bessemer, Alabama, United States
Died: June 30, 1996

 34 Forrest Bird

Forrest Bird
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Famous As: Aviator
Birthdate: June 9, 1921
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Stoughton, Massachusetts, United States
Died: August 2, 2015

 35 Richard O. Covey

Richard O. Covey
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Famous As: Astronaut
Birthdate: August 1, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States

 36 Rodger Ward

Rodger Ward
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Famous As: Aviator
Birthdate: January 10, 1921
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Beloit, Kansas, United States
Died: July 5, 2004

 37 Edward Gibson

Edward Gibson
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Famous As: Astronaut
Birthdate: November 8, 1936
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States

 38 Robert Lee Scott Jr.

Robert Lee Scott Jr.
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Famous As: Brigadier general
Birthdate: April 12, 1908
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Macon, Georgia
Died: February 27, 2006

 39 Billy Fiske

Billy Fiske
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Famous As: Aircraft pilot and Bobsledder
Birthdate: June 4, 1911
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: August 17, 1940

 40 Carl Ben Eielson

Carl Ben Eielson
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Famous As: Aviator
Birthdate: July 20, 1897
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hatton, North Dakota, United States
Died: November 9, 1929

 41 Betty Skelton

Betty Skelton
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Famous As: Pilot
Birthdate: June 28, 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pensacola, Florida, United States
Died: August 31, 2011

 42 Dale Gardner

Dale Gardner
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Famous As: Astronaut
Birthdate: November 8, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fairmont, Minnesota, United States
Died: February 19, 2014

 43 William Pogue

William Pogue
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Famous As: Astronaut
Birthdate: January 23, 1930
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Okemah, Oklahoma, United States
Died: March 3, 2014

 44 Scott D. Anderson

Scott D. Anderson
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Famous As: Pilot
Birthdate: May 2, 1965
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: March 23, 1999

 45 Chuck Stone

Chuck Stone
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Famous As: Newspaper editor
Birthdate: July 21, 1924
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: April 6, 2014

 46 Evelyn Trout

Evelyn Trout
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Famous As: Aviator
Birthdate: January 7, 1906
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Greenup, Illinois, United States
Died: January 24, 2003

 47 Katherine Rawls

Katherine Rawls
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Famous As: Swimmer, Diver
Birthdate: June 14, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Died: April 8, 1982

Katherine Rawls was an American competitive diver and swimmer. Rawls achieved recognition during the 1930s when she was a national champion in several events. As a diver, she competed in the 1932 and 1936 Olympics, winning a silver medal in 1932 Olympics and a silver and bronze medal in 1936 Olympics 

 48 Frances Wilson Grayson

Frances Wilson Grayson
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Famous As: Pilot
Birthdate: 1892 AD
Birthplace: Cherokee Village, Arkansas, United States
Died: December 23, 1927

 49 Melissa Andrzejewski

Melissa Andrzejewski
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Famous As: Skydiver, Pilot
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: United states

 50 Albert William Stevens

Albert William Stevens
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Famous As: Officer
Birthdate: March 13, 1886
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Belfast, Maine, United States
Died: March 26, 1949