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

Jean Gardner Batten Jean Batten
New Zealander

Jim LovellJim Lovell
American
Barry GoldwaterBarry Goldwater
American

Charles DukeCharles Duke
American
Susan OliverSusan Oliver
American

Russell JohnsonRussell Johnson
American

Jimmy DoolittleJimmy Doolittle
American
Ronnie CorbettRonnie Corbett
British

Fred HaiseFred Haise
American
Betty OngBetty Ong
American

Erich HartmannErich Hartmann
German

Paul TibbetsPaul Tibbets
American
Sara NetanyahuSara Netanyahu
Israeli

Richard E. ByrdRichard E. Byrd
American
Harald QuandtHarald Quandt
German

Ken MattinglyKen Mattingly
American

Frank BormanFrank Borman
American

Deke SlaytonDeke Slayton
American
Hans-Ulrich RudelHans-Ulrich Rudel
German
James IrwinJames Irwin
American

Gordon CooperGordon Cooper
American

Randy ShughartRandy Shughart
American

Herbert NitschHerbert Nitsch
Austrian
Adolf GallandAdolf Galland
German

Pete ConradPete Conrad
American

Eddie RickenbackerEddie Rickenbacker
American

James StockdaleJames Stockdale
American

Roger B. ChaffeeRoger B. Chaffee
American
Wally SchirraWally Schirra
American

Alan BeanAlan Bean
American
Donn F. EiseleDonn F. Eisele
American

Henry H. ArnoldHenry H. Arnold
American

Guion BlufordGuion Bluford
American
Hanna ReitschHanna Reitsch
Austrian, German, Polish

Bruce McCandless IIBruce McCandless II
American
Alberto Santos-DumontAlberto Santos-Dumont
Brazilian

Edgar MitchellEdgar Mitchell
American

Bruno MussoliniBruno Mussolini
-

Scott CarpenterScott Carpenter
American

Ilan RamonIlan Ramon
Israeli
Robert Ritter von GreimRobert Ritter von Greim
German

Jake PavelkaJake Pavelka
American

Amy JohnsonAmy Johnson
British

Eugene CernanEugene Cernan
American
Mathias RustMathias Rust
German

William C. McCoolWilliam C. McCool
American
Joseph KittingerJoseph Kittinger
American

Burt RutanBurt Rutan
American

Kurt StudentKurt Student
German
Ernst UdetErnst Udet
German

Hans-Joachim MarseilleHans-Joachim Marseille
German
Lothar von RichthofenLothar von Richthofen
German

Otto LilienthalOtto Lilienthal
German

Ferdinand von ZeppelinFerdinand von Zeppelin
German
Story MusgraveStory Musgrave
American

Geoffrey de HavillandGeoffrey de Havilland
British
Gail HalvorsenGail Halvorsen
American

Hugo SperrleHugo Sperrle
German

Sabiha GökçenSabiha Gökçen
Turkish

Louis BlériotLouis Blériot
French
Gerhard BarkhornGerhard Barkhorn
German
Svetlana SavitskayaSvetlana Savitskaya
Russian

Leonard CheshireLeonard Cheshire
British

Samantha CristoforettiSamantha Cristoforetti
-

Jacob Veldhuyzen van ZantenJacob Veldhuyzen van Zanten
-
Ezer WeizmanEzer Weizman
Israeli

Günther RallGünther Rall
German

Hans BaurHans Baur
German

Oswald BoelckeOswald Boelcke
-

Walter CunninghamWalter Cunningham
American
James McDivittJames McDivitt
American

Stuart RoosaStuart Roosa
American
Rusty SchweickartRusty Schweickart
American

Alfred WordenAlfred Worden
American
Johannes SteinhoffJohannes Steinhoff
German
Keith ParkKeith Park
British