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
Frank BormanFrank Borman
American

Gordon CooperGordon Cooper
American
Roger B. ChaffeeRoger B. Chaffee
American

Susan OliverSusan Oliver
American

Ronnie CorbettRonnie Corbett
British
Russell JohnsonRussell Johnson
American
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Erich HartmannErich Hartmann
German
Guion BlufordGuion Bluford
American

Harald QuandtHarald Quandt
German

Deke SlaytonDeke Slayton
American

Fred HaiseFred Haise
American
James StockdaleJames Stockdale
American

Steve FossettSteve Fossett
American

Ken MattinglyKen Mattingly
American

Charles DukeCharles Duke
American

Jake PavelkaJake Pavelka
American
Herbert NitschHerbert Nitsch
Austrian

Randy ShughartRandy Shughart
American
Henry H. ArnoldHenry H. Arnold
American

Alberto Santos-DumontAlberto Santos-Dumont
Brazilian

Pete ConradPete Conrad
American
Wally SchirraWally Schirra
American

Sara NetanyahuSara Netanyahu
Israeli
Alan BeanAlan Bean
American

Burt RutanBurt Rutan
American

Edgar MitchellEdgar Mitchell
American

Joseph KittingerJoseph Kittinger
American

Betty OngBetty Ong
American
Hans-Joachim MarseilleHans-Joachim Marseille
German

Scott CarpenterScott Carpenter
American

Robert Ritter von GreimRobert Ritter von Greim
German

Eugene CernanEugene Cernan
American
Bruce McCandless IIBruce McCandless II
American
Ernst UdetErnst Udet
German

Sabiha GökçenSabiha Gökçen
Turkish

Hugo SperrleHugo Sperrle
German

Otto LilienthalOtto Lilienthal
German
Mathias RustMathias Rust
German

Jacqueline CochranJacqueline Cochran
American
Story MusgraveStory Musgrave
American

Geoffrey de HavillandGeoffrey de Havilland
British

Ferdinand von ZeppelinFerdinand von Zeppelin
German
Bruno MussoliniBruno Mussolini
-

James IrwinJames Irwin
American
Kurt StudentKurt Student
German

Gail HalvorsenGail Halvorsen
American

William C. McCoolWilliam C. McCool
American
Wiley PostWiley Post
American

Jacob Veldhuyzen van ZantenJacob Veldhuyzen van Zanten
-
Lothar von RichthofenLothar von Richthofen
German

Samantha CristoforettiSamantha Cristoforetti
-

Günther RallGünther Rall
German

Gerhard BarkhornGerhard Barkhorn
German
Leonard CheshireLeonard Cheshire
British

Keith ParkKeith Park
British

James McDivittJames McDivitt
American

Oswald BoelckeOswald Boelcke
-

Arnaldo Tamayo MéndezArnaldo Tamayo Méndez
Cuban
Pancho BarnesPancho Barnes
American

Hans BaurHans Baur
German
Louis BlériotLouis Blériot
French

Rusty SchweickartRusty Schweickart
American

George BeurlingGeorge Beurling
Canadian
Ezer WeizmanEzer Weizman
Israeli

Svetlana SavitskayaSvetlana Savitskaya
Russian
Max ImmelmannMax Immelmann
-

Robert L. GibsonRobert L. Gibson
American
Albert BallAlbert Ball
British

Ivan KozhedubIvan Kozhedub
-

Joe EngleJoe Engle
American
Johannes SteinhoffJohannes Steinhoff
German

Heinz-Wolfgang SchnauferHeinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer
German
Charles NungesserCharles Nungesser
French