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)
Jimmy DoolittleJimmy Doolittle
(American)
Fred HaiseFred Haise
(American)

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Gordon CooperGordon Cooper
(American)
Erich HartmannErich Hartmann
(German)
Ken MattinglyKen Mattingly
(American)

Deke SlaytonDeke Slayton
(American)
Scott CarpenterScott Carpenter
(American)
Harald QuandtHarald Quandt
(German)

Paul TibbetsPaul Tibbets
(American)
Ronnie CorbettRonnie Corbett
(British)
Richard E. ByrdRichard E. Byrd
(American)

Sara NetanyahuSara Netanyahu
(Israeli)
Randy ShughartRandy Shughart
(American)
Hans-Ulrich RudelHans-Ulrich Rudel
(German)

Roger B. ChaffeeRoger B. Chaffee
(American)
Herbert NitschHerbert Nitsch
(Austrian)
Guion BlufordGuion Bluford
(American)

Eddie RickenbackerEddie Rickenbacker
(American)
Frank BormanFrank Borman
(American)
James StockdaleJames Stockdale
(American)

Adolf GallandAdolf Galland
(German)
Charles DukeCharles Duke
(American)
Pete ConradPete Conrad
(American)

Ilan RamonIlan Ramon
(Israeli)
Wally SchirraWally Schirra
(American)
Amy JohnsonAmy Johnson
(British)

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Bruno MussoliniBruno Mussolini
Hanna ReitschHanna Reitsch
(Austrian,German,Polish)
James IrwinJames Irwin
(American)

Henry H. ArnoldHenry H. Arnold
(American)
Eugene CernanEugene Cernan
(American)
Burt RutanBurt Rutan
(American)

Edgar MitchellEdgar Mitchell
(American)
Alan BeanAlan Bean
(American)
Jake PavelkaJake Pavelka
(American)

Robert Ritter von GreimRobert Ritter von Greim
(German)
Betty OngBetty Ong
(American)
Alberto Santos-DumontAlberto Santos-Dumont
(Brazilian)

Hans-Joachim MarseilleHans-Joachim Marseille
(German)
Joseph KittingerJoseph Kittinger
(American)
Ernst UdetErnst Udet
(German)

Alfred WordenAlfred Worden
(American)
Otto LilienthalOtto Lilienthal
(German)
Günther RallGünther Rall
(German)

Kurt StudentKurt Student
(German)
William C. McCoolWilliam C. McCool
(American)
Jacob Veldhuyzen van ZantenJacob Veldhuyzen van Zanten

Sabiha GökçenSabiha Gökçen
(Turkish)
Samantha CristoforettiSamantha Cristoforetti
Ferdinand von ZeppelinFerdinand von Zeppelin
(German)

Alexey LeonovAlexey Leonov
(Russian)
Story MusgraveStory Musgrave
(American)
Mathias RustMathias Rust
(German)

Geoffrey de HavillandGeoffrey de Havilland
(British)
Bruce McCandless IIBruce McCandless II
(American)
Hans BaurHans Baur
(German)

Gail HalvorsenGail Halvorsen
(American)
Dieter F. UchtdorfDieter F. Uchtdorf
(German)
Franz von WerraFranz von Werra
(Swiss,German)

James McDivittJames McDivitt
(American)
Rusty SchweickartRusty Schweickart
(American)
Walter CunninghamWalter Cunningham
(American)

Louis BlériotLouis Blériot
(French)
Ezer WeizmanEzer Weizman
(Israeli)
Leonard CheshireLeonard Cheshire
(British)

Hugo SperrleHugo Sperrle
(German)
Gerhard BarkhornGerhard Barkhorn
(German)
Lothar von RichthofenLothar von Richthofen
(German)

Oswald BoelckeOswald Boelcke
Svetlana SavitskayaSvetlana Savitskaya
(Russian)
Keith ParkKeith Park
(British)

Donn F. EiseleDonn F. Eisele
(American)
George BeurlingGeorge Beurling
(Canadian)
Stuart RoosaStuart Roosa
(American)

Johannes SteinhoffJohannes Steinhoff
(German)
Joe EngleJoe Engle
(American)
Robert L. GibsonRobert L. Gibson
(American)

Ivan KozhedubIvan Kozhedub
Gennady PadalkaGennady Padalka
(Russian)
Robert CrippenRobert Crippen
(American)