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
Frank BormanFrank Borman
American

Fred HaiseFred Haise
American
Deke SlaytonDeke Slayton
American

Roger B. ChaffeeRoger B. Chaffee
American

Ken MattinglyKen Mattingly
American
Wally SchirraWally Schirra
American

Gordon CooperGordon Cooper
American
Charles DukeCharles Duke
American

Pete ConradPete Conrad
American

Alan BeanAlan Bean
American
Paul TibbetsPaul Tibbets
American

Erich HartmannErich Hartmann
German
Jimmy DoolittleJimmy Doolittle
American

James StockdaleJames Stockdale
American

Ronnie CorbettRonnie Corbett
British

Scott CarpenterScott Carpenter
American
Richard E. ByrdRichard E. Byrd
American
Eugene CernanEugene Cernan
American

Harald QuandtHarald Quandt
German

Edgar MitchellEdgar Mitchell
American

Hans-Ulrich RudelHans-Ulrich Rudel
German
Sara NetanyahuSara Netanyahu
Israeli

James IrwinJames Irwin
American

Herbert NitschHerbert Nitsch
Austrian

Eddie RickenbackerEddie Rickenbacker
American

Adolf GallandAdolf Galland
German
Randy ShughartRandy Shughart
American

Sabiha GökçenSabiha Gökçen
Turkish
Ilan RamonIlan Ramon
Israeli

Story MusgraveStory Musgrave
American

Henry H. ArnoldHenry H. Arnold
American
Joseph KittingerJoseph Kittinger
American

Hanna ReitschHanna Reitsch
Austrian, German, Polish
Bruno MussoliniBruno Mussolini
-

Guion BlufordGuion Bluford
American

Alberto Santos-DumontAlberto Santos-Dumont
Brazilian

Robert Ritter von GreimRobert Ritter von Greim
German

Amy JohnsonAmy Johnson
British
Bruce McCandless IIBruce McCandless II
American

Burt RutanBurt Rutan
American

Betty OngBetty Ong
American

William C. McCoolWilliam C. McCool
American
Mathias RustMathias Rust
German

Hans-Joachim MarseilleHans-Joachim Marseille
German
Otto LilienthalOtto Lilienthal
German

Kurt StudentKurt Student
German

Ernst UdetErnst Udet
German
Louis BlériotLouis Blériot
French

Jake PavelkaJake Pavelka
American
Geoffrey de HavillandGeoffrey de Havilland
British

Svetlana SavitskayaSvetlana Savitskaya
Russian

Ferdinand von ZeppelinFerdinand von Zeppelin
German
Hans BaurHans Baur
German

Sussan LeySussan Ley
Australian
Gail HalvorsenGail Halvorsen
American

Dieter F. UchtdorfDieter F. Uchtdorf
German

Jacob Veldhuyzen van ZantenJacob Veldhuyzen van Zanten
-

Lothar von RichthofenLothar von Richthofen
German
Leonard CheshireLeonard Cheshire
British
Günther RallGünther Rall
German

Keith ParkKeith Park
British

Hugo SperrleHugo Sperrle
German

Oswald BoelckeOswald Boelcke
-
Walter CunninghamWalter Cunningham
American

Donn F. EiseleDonn F. Eisele
American

Ezer WeizmanEzer Weizman
Israeli

James McDivittJames McDivitt
American

Gerhard BarkhornGerhard Barkhorn
German
Samantha CristoforettiSamantha Cristoforetti
-

Stuart RoosaStuart Roosa
American
George BeurlingGeorge Beurling
Canadian

Rusty SchweickartRusty Schweickart
American
Alfred WordenAlfred Worden
American
Gennady PadalkaGennady Padalka
Russian