Famous American Pilots

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 1 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.

 2 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.

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 3 Dennis Weaver

Dennis Weaver.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 4, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Joplin, Missouri, United States
Died: February 24, 2006
Dennis Weaver is best known as Chester Goode/Proudfoot from Gunsmoke and as Deputy Marshal Sam McCloud from McCloud. He initially ran track and field, but his failure to qualify for the U.S. Olympic decathlon team made him join films. He had also been the president of the Screen Actors Guild.

 4 Dean Paul Martin

Dean Paul Martin.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 17, 1951
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California
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.

 5 Jimmy Doolittle

Jimmy Doolittle.
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Famous As: Military General
Birthdate: December 14, 1896
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Alameda, California, United States
Died: September 27, 1993

Jimmy Doolittle was an American aviation pioneer and military general. Apart from winning many flying races, Doolittle also helped develop instrument flying. He was the brains behind the Doolittle Raid, the air raid that served as retribution for the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II. His work during the raid earned him the prestigious Medal of Honor.

 6 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

 7 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
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 8 Sidney Luft

Sidney Luft.
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Famous As: Show Business Figure
Birthdate: November 2, 1915
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Died: September 15, 2005
Producer Sidney Luft is remembered for his marriages to Hollywood stars, such as Judy Garland and Lynn Bari. He produced many notable films, such as the 1954 movie A Star is Born, featuring Garland. He had also been a boxer and a Canadian Air Force pilot in the past.

 9 Pappy Boyington

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

 10 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

 11 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

 12 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

 13 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

 14 Alan Bean

Alan Bean
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Famous As: Officer, Test pilot, Astronaut, Painter, Aviator
Birthdate: March 15, 1932
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wheeler

 15 Rick Carlisle

Rick Carlisle.
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Famous As: Basketball Coach
Birthdate: October 27, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ogdensburg, New York, United States

 16 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

 17 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

 18 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

 19 Jake Pavelka

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

 20 Chesley Sullenberger

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

 21 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

 22 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

 23 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

 24 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

 25 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

 26 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

 27 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

 28 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

 29 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

 30 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

 31 Edward Gibson

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

 32 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

 33 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

 34 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

 35 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

 36 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

 37 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

 38 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

 39 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

 40 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

 41 Alvah Chapman Jr.

Alvah Chapman Jr.
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Famous As: American publisher
Birthdate: March 21, 1921
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Columbus, Georgia, United States
Died: December 25, 2008

 42 Max Gendelman

Max Gendelman
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Famous As: Pilot
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: United States

 43 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

 44 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

 45 Melissa Andrzejewski

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

 46 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