Famous American Pilots

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Howard Hughes
(Film Producer and an Important Figure in the Aviation Industry Who Became Known for His Ecentric Behavior)
Howard Hughes
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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.

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Amelia Earhart
(The First Female Aviator to Fly Solo Across the Atlantic Ocean)
Amelia Earhart
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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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Buzz Aldrin
(American Astronaut, Fighter Pilot and the Second Person to Set Foot on the Moon)
Buzz Aldrin
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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 
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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Francis Gary Powers
(American Military Officer)
Francis Gary Powers
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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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Joseph P. Kennedy Jr.
(United States Naval Aviator and Eldest Son of Joseph P. Kennedy SR and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy)
Joseph P. Kennedy Jr.
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Birthdate: July 25, 1915
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hull, Massachusetts, United States
Died: August 12, 1944

Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. was a US Navy lieutenant. The eldest of the famous Kennedy siblings, Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. was groomed by his father from a very young age to become the president of the United States. After his death during World War II at age 29, John F. Kennedy took it upon himself to materialize his father's dreams.

 7 
William Conrad
(Actor, Producer, and Director Who Worked in Radio, Film, and Television for Over Fifty Years)
William Conrad
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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.

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Paul Tibbets
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Birthdate: February 23, 1915
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Quincy, Illinois, United States
Died: November 1, 2007
 9 
Tom Harmon
(American Football Players)
Tom Harmon
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Birthdate: September 28, 1919
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rensselaer, Indiana, USA
Died: March 15, 1990
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Pappy Boyington
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Birthdate: December 4, 1912
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States
Died: January 11, 1988
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Chesley Sullenberger
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Birthdate: January 23, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Denison, Texas, United States
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Jock Mahoney
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Birthdate: February 7, 1919
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died: December 14, 1989
 13 
Billy Mitchell
(Military General)
Billy Mitchell
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Birthdate: December 29, 1879
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nice, France
Died: February 19, 1936
 14 
Robert Taylor
(Actor, Pilot)
Robert Taylor
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Birthdate: August 5, 1911
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Filley, Nebraska, United States
Died: June 8, 1969
 15 
Dan Rowan
(Comedians)
Dan Rowan
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Birthdate: July 22, 1922
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Beggs, Oklahoma, USA
Died: September 22, 1987
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Elliott Roosevelt
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Birthdate: September 23, 1910
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: October 27, 1990
 17 
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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Jake Pavelka
(Television personality)
Jake Pavelka
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Birthdate: January 27, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States
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Edward O'Hare
(American Naval Aviator Who Became the United States Navy's First Fighter Ace of World War II)
Edward O'Hare
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Birthdate: March 13, 1914
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: November 26, 1943

Edward O'Hare was an American naval aviator who became the United States Navy's first fighter ace of World War II in 1942, when he single-handedly took on an intimidating formation of nine heavy bombers. Edward O'Hare shot down five enemy bombers, making him the first naval aviator to receive the prestigious Medal of Honor in the Second World War.  

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Rick Husband
(Astronaut)
Rick Husband
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Birthdate: July 12, 1957
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Amarillo, Texas, United States
Died: February 1, 2003
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Richard Bong
(Aircraft pilot, Military personnel)
Richard Bong
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Birthdate: September 24, 1920
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Superior, Wisconsin, United States
Died: August 6, 1945
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Fred Trump Jr.
(Aircraft pilot)
Fred Trump Jr.
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Birthdate: October 14, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States
Died: September 26, 1981
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Jacqueline Cochran
(The First Female Pilot Who Broke the Sound Barrier)
Jacqueline Cochran
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Birthdate: May 11, 1906
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Muscogee, Cantonment, Florida, United States
Died: August 9, 1980

A pioneer in women’s aviation, US pilot Jacqueline Cochran was the first female pilot to break the sound barrier. She was also the first woman to lead the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale as its president and the first female Bendix race competitor. She held several other records and also led the organization WASP.

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Charles Sweeney
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Birthdate: December 27, 1919
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lowell, Massachusetts, United States
Died: July 16, 2004
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Eugene Bullard
(American Military Pilot Who Played an Important Role During World War I)
Eugene Bullard
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Birthdate: October 9, 1895
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Columbus, Georgia, United States
Died: October 12, 1961

Eugene Bullard was an American military pilot who played an important role during World War I. He was among the few black combat pilots at that time and one of the first African-Americans to become a military pilot in the US, although he flew for France during his career. Eugene Bullard was the recipient of several prestigious honors.

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Don Herbert
(Television Host)
Don Herbert
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Birthdate: July 10, 1917
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Waconia, Minnesota, U.S.
Died: June 12, 2007
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Geraldyn M Cobb
(American Aviation Pioneer Who Was the First Woman to Pass Astronaut Testing)
Geraldyn M Cobb
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Birthdate: March 5, 1931
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Norman, USA
Died: March 18, 2019

American aviation pioneer Geraldyn M. Cobb was part of the pathbreaking Mercury 13 program and scripted history as the first female candidate to pass astronaut testing. She had a pilot’s license by 18 and later found new air routes to the Andes and the Amazon rain forests and immersed herself in humanitarian work.

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Gabby Gabreski
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Birthdate: January 28, 1919
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oil City, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: January 31, 2002
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Pancho Barnes
(Pathbreaking US Aviator, Film Stunt Pilot, and Businesswoman)
Pancho Barnes
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Birthdate: July 22, 1901
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pasadena, California, United States
Died: March 30, 1975

Pioneering US aviator and female movie stunt pilot Pancho Barnes helped develop the first film stunt pilots’ union. The granddaughter of aeronaut and inventor Thaddeus S. C. Lowe, she launched the guest ranch Happy Bottom Riding Club. Her nickname Pancho helped her disguise herself as a man in Mexico in her initial days.

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Terry Deitz
(U.S. Navy pilot, television host, and two-time contestant on the American reality television show Survivor)
Terry Deitz
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Birthdate: October 10, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Matawan, New Jersey, United States
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David McCampbell
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Birthdate: January 16, 1910
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bessemer, Alabama, United States
Died: June 30, 1996
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Robert A. Lewis
(Army Air Forces officer serving in the Pacific Theatre during World War II)
Robert A. Lewis
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Birthdate: October 18, 1917
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: June 18, 1983
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Evan Mecham
(Businessperson, Politician)
Evan Mecham
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Birthdate: May 12, 1924
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Duchesne, Utah, United States
Died: February 21, 2008
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Luke Aikins
(Pilot, Skydiver)
Luke Aikins
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Birthdate: November 21, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Corpus Christi, Texas, United States
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Vance D. Brand
(Astronaut)
Vance D. Brand
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Birthdate: May 9, 1931
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Longmont, Colorado, United States
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Richard O. Covey
(Astronaut)
Richard O. Covey
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Birthdate: August 1, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States
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Forrest Bird
(Aviator)
Forrest Bird
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Birthdate: June 9, 1921
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Stoughton, Massachusetts, United States
Died: August 2, 2015
 38 
Rodger Ward
(Aviator)
Rodger Ward
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Birthdate: January 10, 1921
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Beloit, Kansas, United States
Died: July 5, 2004
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Edward Gibson
(Astronaut)
Edward Gibson
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Birthdate: November 8, 1936
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States
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Robert Lee Scott Jr.
(Brigadier general)
Robert Lee Scott Jr.
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Birthdate: April 12, 1908
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Macon, Georgia
Died: February 27, 2006
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Billy Fiske
(Aircraft pilot and Bobsledder)
Billy Fiske
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Birthdate: June 4, 1911
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: August 17, 1940
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Carl Ben Eielson
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Birthdate: July 20, 1897
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hatton, North Dakota, United States
Died: November 9, 1929
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Betty Skelton
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Birthdate: June 28, 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pensacola, Florida, United States
Died: August 31, 2011
 44 
Dale Gardner
(Astronaut)
Dale Gardner
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Birthdate: November 8, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fairmont, Minnesota, United States
Died: February 19, 2014
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Scott D. Anderson
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Birthdate: May 2, 1965
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: March 23, 1999
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William Pogue
(Astronaut)
William Pogue
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Birthdate: January 23, 1930
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Okemah, Oklahoma, United States
Died: March 3, 2014
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Chuck Stone
(Newspaper editor)
Chuck Stone
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Birthdate: July 21, 1924
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: April 6, 2014
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Evelyn Trout
(Aviator)
Evelyn Trout
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Birthdate: January 7, 1906
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Greenup, Illinois, United States
Died: January 24, 2003
Frances Wilson Grayson
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Birthdate: 1892 AD
Birthplace: Cherokee Village, Arkansas, United States
Died: December 23, 1927
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Melissa Andrzejewski
(Skydiver, Pilot)
Melissa Andrzejewski
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Birthplace: United states