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.

Jim LovellJim Lovell
(American)
Manfred von RichthofenManfred von Richthofen
(German)
Douglas BaderDouglas Bader
(British)

Frank BormanFrank Borman
(American)
Ronnie CorbettRonnie Corbett
(British)
Bud SpencerBud Spencer
(Italian)

Deke SlaytonDeke Slayton
(American)
Fred HaiseFred Haise
(American)
Jimmy DoolittleJimmy Doolittle
(American)

David ScottDavid Scott
(American)
Erich HartmannErich Hartmann
(German)
Richard E. ByrdRichard E. Byrd
(American)

Gordon CooperGordon Cooper
(American)
Harald QuandtHarald Quandt
(German)
James StockdaleJames Stockdale
(American)

Hans-Ulrich RudelHans-Ulrich Rudel
(German)
Ken MattinglyKen Mattingly
(American)
Roger B. ChaffeeRoger B. Chaffee
(American)

Paul TibbetsPaul Tibbets
(American)
Eddie RickenbackerEddie Rickenbacker
(American)
Wally SchirraWally Schirra
(American)

Pete ConradPete Conrad
(American)
Herbert NitschHerbert Nitsch
(Austrian)
Eugene CernanEugene Cernan
(American)

Alan BeanAlan Bean
(American)
Randy ShughartRandy Shughart
(American)
Adolf GallandAdolf Galland
(German)

Ilan RamonIlan Ramon
(Israeli)
Charles DukeCharles Duke
(American)
Henry H. ArnoldHenry H. Arnold
(American)

Scott CarpenterScott Carpenter
(American)
Hanna ReitschHanna Reitsch
(Austrian,German,Polish)
Edgar MitchellEdgar Mitchell
(American)

Sara NetanyahuSara Netanyahu
(Israeli)
Amy JohnsonAmy Johnson
(British)
Alberto Santos-DumontAlberto Santos-Dumont
(Brazilian)

Alexey LeonovAlexey Leonov
(Russian)
Joseph KittingerJoseph Kittinger
(American)
Burt RutanBurt Rutan
(American)

James IrwinJames Irwin
(American)
Hans-Joachim MarseilleHans-Joachim Marseille
(German)
Ernst UdetErnst Udet
(German)

Betty OngBetty Ong
(American)
Kurt StudentKurt Student
(German)
Otto LilienthalOtto Lilienthal
(German)

Robert Ritter von GreimRobert Ritter von Greim
(German)
Bruno MussoliniBruno Mussolini
Mathias RustMathias Rust
(German)

Sabiha GökçenSabiha Gökçen
(Turkish)
Ferdinand von ZeppelinFerdinand von Zeppelin
(German)
Dieter F. UchtdorfDieter F. Uchtdorf
(German)

Geoffrey de HavillandGeoffrey de Havilland
(British)
Walter CunninghamWalter Cunningham
(American)
James McDivittJames McDivitt
(American)

Oswald BoelckeOswald Boelcke
Gail HalvorsenGail Halvorsen
(American)
Story MusgraveStory Musgrave
(American)

Jacob Veldhuyzen van ZantenJacob Veldhuyzen van Zanten
William C. McCoolWilliam C. McCool
(American)
Leonard CheshireLeonard Cheshire
(British)

Lothar von RichthofenLothar von Richthofen
(German)
Samantha CristoforettiSamantha Cristoforetti
Jake PavelkaJake Pavelka
(American)

Hans BaurHans Baur
(German)
Donn F. EiseleDonn F. Eisele
(American)
Guion BlufordGuion Bluford
(American)

Günther RallGünther Rall
(German)
Alfred WordenAlfred Worden
(American)
Rusty SchweickartRusty Schweickart
(American)

Gerhard BarkhornGerhard Barkhorn
(German)
Bruce McCandless IIBruce McCandless II
(American)
Hugo SperrleHugo Sperrle
(German)

Albert BallAlbert Ball
(British)
Joe EngleJoe Engle
(American)
George BeurlingGeorge Beurling
(Canadian)

Louis BlériotLouis Blériot
(French)
Stuart RoosaStuart Roosa
(American)
Nate SaintNate Saint
(American)

Svetlana SavitskayaSvetlana Savitskaya
(Russian)
Ezer WeizmanEzer Weizman
(Israeli)
Otto KittelOtto Kittel
(German)