Aviators

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.
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 1 George H. W. Bush

George H. W. Bush
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Famous As: 41st U.S. President
Birthdate: June 12, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: December 1, 2018

The 41st president of the U.S, George H.W. Bush also twice served as the vice president of the country and held various other important political positions before assuming the presidency. During his presidency, he led successful military operation against Panama and Iraq which made him popular, but domestic issues prevented him from winning a second term at the office.

 2 John McCain

John McCain
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Famous As: United States Senator
Birthdate: August 29, 1936
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: August 25, 2018

John McCain served as a US Senator for Arizona from 1987 until his death in 2018. Previously he was a US naval officer and is hailed as a war hero for his heroics during the Vietnam War. He was a supporter of LGBT rights, gun regulations and campaign finance reform. He was a Republican nominee for the 2008 presidential election but lost to Barack Obama.

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 3 Chuck Yeager

Chuck Yeager
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Famous As: Test Pilot
Birthdate: February 13, 1923
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: December 7, 2020
U.S. Air Force pilot Chuck Yeager was the first human to break the sound barrier, when he flew the Bell X-1 in 1947. He was a P-51 Mustang fighter pilot in World War II and also fought in the Vietnam War. He inspired the novel and movie The Right Stuff.

 4 Alan Shepard

Alan Shepard
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Famous As: Astronaut, Aviator, Entrepreneur
Birthdate: November 18, 1923
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: July 21, 1998

Alan Shepard was an astronaut and the first American to travel into space. In 1971, Shepard became the fifth and oldest astronaut to walk on the Moon; he was 47 years and 80 days old at that time. From 1963 to 1969, he played an important role as the Chief of the Astronaut Office. His work inspired several TV series.

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 5 Howard Hughes

Howard Hughes
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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Investor
Birthdate: December 24, 1905
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
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.

 6 Gordon Cooper

Gordon Cooper
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Famous As: Officer, Astronaut, Test pilot, Aerospace engineer, Engineer, Aviator
Birthdate: March 6, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: October 4, 2004
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 7 Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart
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Famous As: Aviator, Pilot
Birthdate: July 24, 1897
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
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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 8 Harry Houdini

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Famous As: Illusionist
Birthdate: March 24, 1874
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Hungarian
Died: October 31, 1926

Legendary magician Harry Houdini initially worked as a trapeze artist named “Ehrich, the Prince of the Air” and was later known for his iconic stunt of escaping from handcuffs, at times even under water and while buried alive. He died after a blow to the gut damaged his appendix.

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 9 Orville Wright

Orville Wright
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Famous As: Co-inventor of First Successful Airplane
Birthdate: August 19, 1871
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: January 30, 1948

Orville Wright was an aviation pioneer who alongside his brother, Wilbur, built and flew the world's first successful motor-operated airplane, the Wright Flyer, a heavier-than-air aircraft. The three-axis control system developed by the brothers remains standard on fixed-wing aircraft of all kinds. Orville also served on the board of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA).

 10 Charles Lindbergh

Charles Lindbergh
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Famous As: Aviator, Inventor & Author
Birthdate: February 4, 1902
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
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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 11 MJ Hegar

MJ Hegar
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 16, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 12 Jim Lovell

Jim Lovell
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Famous As: Astronaut
Birthdate: March 25, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 13 Scott Kelly

Scott Kelly
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: February 21, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 14 Deke Slayton

Deke Slayton
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Famous As: Officer, Aviator, Astronaut, Autobiographer
Birthdate: March 1, 1924
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: June 13, 1993
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 15 Russell Johnson

Russell Johnson
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 10, 1924
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: January 16, 2014

 16 Willem-Alexander, king of the Netherlands

Willem-Alexander, king of the Netherlands
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: April 27, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Netherlands Antilles
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 17 Scott Carpenter

Scott Carpenter
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Famous As: Test pilot, Aquanaut, Astronaut, Autobiographer, Aviator, Writer
Birthdate: May 1, 1925
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: October 10, 2013

 18 J. R. D. Tata

J. R. D. Tata
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Famous As: French-Indian aviator
Birthdate: July 29, 1904
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian
Died: November 29, 1993
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 19 Susan Oliver

Susan Oliver
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 13, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: May 10, 1990

 20 Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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Famous As: French writer
Birthdate: June 29, 1900
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: French
Died: July 31, 1944
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 21 Wally Schirra

Wally Schirra
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Famous As: United States Naval Aviator, Astronaut, Autobiographer, Test pilot, Aerospace engineer, Aviator, Businessperson
Birthdate: March 12, 1923
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: May 3, 2007

 22 Ronnie Corbett

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Famous As: Comedian, Author, Writer, Film actor, Stage actor, Cabaret artist, Aviator
Birthdate: December 4, 1930
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
Died: March 31, 2016
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 23 Fred Haise

Fred Haise
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Famous As: Officer, Astronaut, Aviator, Fighter pilot
Birthdate: November 14, 1933
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 24 James Stockdale

James Stockdale
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Famous As: Officer, Aviator, Politician
Birthdate: December 23, 1923
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: July 5, 2005
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 25 Pete Conrad

Pete Conrad
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Famous As: Officer, Astronaut, Aviator, Racecar driver
Birthdate: June 2, 1930
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: July 8, 1999

 26 Geraldyn M Cobb

Geraldyn M Cobb
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Famous As: Aviator
Birthdate: March 5, 1931
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: March 18, 2019
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 27 Ken Mattingly

Ken Mattingly
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Famous As: Officer, Astronaut, Aviator
Birthdate: March 17, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 28 Erich Hartmann

Erich Hartmann
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Famous As: Aviator, Officer
Birthdate: April 19, 1922
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: German
Died: September 20, 1993
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 29 Harald Quandt

Harald Quandt
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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Aviator
Birthdate: November 1, 1921
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: German
Died: September 22, 1967

 30 John T. Walton

John T. Walton
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Famous As: Sam Walton's Son
Birthdate: October 8, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: June 27, 2005
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 31 Eugene Cernan

Eugene Cernan
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Famous As: Officer, Aviator, Astronaut, Fighter pilot, Autobiographer, Businessperson
Birthdate: March 14, 1934
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: January 16, 2017

 32 Hanna Reitsch

Hanna Reitsch
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Famous As: Aviator
Birthdate: March 29, 1912
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: German
Died: August 24, 1979
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 33 Dieter Dengler

Dieter Dengler
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Famous As: Aviator
Birthdate: May 22, 1938
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: February 7, 2001

 34 Randy Shughart

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Famous As: Military personnel, Aviator, Soldier
Birthdate: August 13, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: October 3, 1993
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 35 Eddie Rickenbacker

Eddie Rickenbacker
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Famous As: Aviator, Racecar Driver, Military Personnel
Birthdate: October 8, 1890
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: July 23, 1973

 36 Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Anne Morrow Lindbergh
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Famous As: Renowned Author & Aviator
Birthdate: June 22, 1906
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: February 7, 2001

 37 Frank Borman

Frank Borman
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Famous As: Air force officer, Test pilot, Astronaut, Autobiographer, Aviator
Birthdate: March 14, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 38 George Stephen Morrison

George Stephen Morrison
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Famous As: Aviator
Birthdate: January 7, 1919
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: November 17, 2008

 39 Bessie Coleman

Bessie Coleman
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Famous As: Aviator
Birthdate: January 26, 1892
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: April 30, 1926

 40 Igor Sikorsky

Igor Sikorsky
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Famous As: Aviator
Birthdate: May 25, 1889
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American, Russian
Died: October 26, 1972

 41 Roger B. Chaffee

Roger B. Chaffee
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Famous As: Officer, Aviator, Astronaut
Birthdate: February 15, 1935
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: January 27, 1967

 42 Alexey Leonov

Alexey Leonov
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Famous As: Aviator, Astronaut, Painter, Writer, Fighter pilot, Artist
Birthdate: May 30, 1934
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Russian

 43 Alberto Santos Dumont

Alberto Santos Dumont
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Famous As: Brazilian aviator
Birthdate: July 20, 1873
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Brazilian
Died: July 23, 1932

 44 Alberto Santos-Dumont

Alberto Santos-Dumont
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Famous As: Aviator, Inventor, Balloonist
Birthdate: July 20, 1873
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Brazilian
Died: July 23, 1932

 45 Jake Pavelka

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Famous As: Aviator, Aerospace engineer, Engineer, Actor, American football player, Model
Birthdate: January 27, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 46 Herbert Nitsch

Herbert Nitsch
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Famous As: Aviator, Free-diver
Birthdate: April 20, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Austrian

 47 Gail Halvorsen

Gail Halvorsen
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Famous As: Officer, Aviator
Birthdate: October 10, 1920
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 48 Amy Johnson

Amy Johnson
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Famous As: Aviator
Birthdate: July 1, 1903
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
Died: January 5, 1941

 49 Charles Duke

Charles Duke
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Famous As: Air force officer, Astronaut, Test pilot, Fighter pilot, Flight instructor, Aviator, Businessperson
Birthdate: October 3, 1935
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 50 Hans-Joachim Marseille

Hans-Joachim Marseille
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Famous As: Aviator, Military personnel
Birthdate: December 13, 1919
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: German
Died: September 30, 1942
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