Comprehensive directory containing biographies of world's most famous aviators, who have changed the aviation industry.

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Aviators are the pilots of an airplane or other aircraft. A career in aviation is today considered to be a highly glamorous one, but just decades ago it was a dangerous field to venture into. Several aviation pioneers had lost their lives in their attempts to contribute to aircraft design, navigation and advancement of flight. The Wright brothers, no doubt, are among the first ones we think of while talking of aviators. Together they invented the aeronautical concept of three-axis control and made the first powered, controlled, and sustained flight possible. Gustave Albin Whitehead, another aviation pioneer gained much fame for designing and building gliders, flying machines and engines. He also claimed to have flown a powered flying machine prior to the Wright brothers though this claim is disputed. In the first half of the 20th century when aviation was predominantly a male-centric field, Amelia Mary Earhart became the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Jacqueline Cochran was another noted female aviator who made an important contribution to the formation of Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). This section provides you information about the life and works of famous aviators from all over the globe.

John McCain John McCain
American

Igor Sikorsky Igor Sikorsky
American, Russian

Jean Gardner Batten Jean Batten
New Zealander

Jim LovellJim Lovell
American
Susan OliverSusan Oliver
American

Fred HaiseFred Haise
American
Betty OngBetty Ong
American

Russell JohnsonRussell Johnson
American

Ken MattinglyKen Mattingly
American
Erich HartmannErich Hartmann
German
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Geoffrey de HavillandGeoffrey de Havilland
British
Harald QuandtHarald Quandt
German

Herbert NitschHerbert Nitsch
Austrian

James StockdaleJames Stockdale
American

Deke SlaytonDeke Slayton
American
Ronnie CorbettRonnie Corbett
British

Gordon CooperGordon Cooper
American

Frank BormanFrank Borman
American

Scott CarpenterScott Carpenter
American

Randy ShughartRandy Shughart
American
Jake PavelkaJake Pavelka
American

Pete ConradPete Conrad
American
Wally SchirraWally Schirra
American

Edgar MitchellEdgar Mitchell
American

Charles DukeCharles Duke
American
Alberto Santos-DumontAlberto Santos-Dumont
Brazilian

Steve FossettSteve Fossett
American
Roger B. ChaffeeRoger B. Chaffee
American

Hugo SperrleHugo Sperrle
German

Alan BeanAlan Bean
American

Robert Ritter von GreimRobert Ritter von Greim
German

Guion BlufordGuion Bluford
American
Kurt StudentKurt Student
German

William C. McCoolWilliam C. McCool
American

Joseph KittingerJoseph Kittinger
American

Burt RutanBurt Rutan
American
Mathias RustMathias Rust
German
Sara NetanyahuSara Netanyahu
Israeli

Hans-Joachim MarseilleHans-Joachim Marseille
German

Sabiha GökçenSabiha Gökçen
Turkish

Wiley PostWiley Post
American
James IrwinJames Irwin
American

Eugene CernanEugene Cernan
American
Bruce McCandless IIBruce McCandless II
American

Bruno MussoliniBruno Mussolini
-

Samantha CristoforettiSamantha Cristoforetti
-
Jacqueline CochranJacqueline Cochran
American

Leonard CheshireLeonard Cheshire
British
Günther RallGünther Rall
German

Story MusgraveStory Musgrave
American

Alfred WordenAlfred Worden
American
Otto LilienthalOtto Lilienthal
German

Lothar von RichthofenLothar von Richthofen
German
Gerhard BarkhornGerhard Barkhorn
German

Svetlana SavitskayaSvetlana Savitskaya
Russian

Jacob Veldhuyzen van ZantenJacob Veldhuyzen van Zanten
-

Hans BaurHans Baur
German
Glenn CurtissGlenn Curtiss
American

George CayleyGeorge Cayley
British

Gennady PadalkaGennady Padalka
Russian

Keith ParkKeith Park
British

Pancho BarnesPancho Barnes
American
Louis BlériotLouis Blériot
French

James McDivittJames McDivitt
American
Walter CunninghamWalter Cunningham
American

Ivan KozhedubIvan Kozhedub
-

Rusty SchweickartRusty Schweickart
American
Donn F. EiseleDonn F. Eisele
American

Gail HalvorsenGail Halvorsen
American
Ezer WeizmanEzer Weizman
Israeli

Arnaldo Tamayo MéndezArnaldo Tamayo Méndez
Cuban
Johannes SteinhoffJohannes Steinhoff
German

Robert L. GibsonRobert L. Gibson
American

Oswald BoelckeOswald Boelcke
-
Stuart RoosaStuart Roosa
American

Dieter F. UchtdorfDieter F. Uchtdorf
German
George BeurlingGeorge Beurling
Canadian