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
Ronnie CorbettRonnie Corbett
British

Susan OliverSusan Oliver
American
Russell JohnsonRussell Johnson
American

Richard E. ByrdRichard E. Byrd
American

Erich HartmannErich Hartmann
German
Harald QuandtHarald Quandt
German
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Deke SlaytonDeke Slayton
American
Randy ShughartRandy Shughart
American

Fred HaiseFred Haise
American

Gordon CooperGordon Cooper
American

Herbert NitschHerbert Nitsch
Austrian
James StockdaleJames Stockdale
American
Ken MattinglyKen Mattingly
American

Pete ConradPete Conrad
American

Alberto Santos-DumontAlberto Santos-Dumont
Brazilian

Henry H. ArnoldHenry H. Arnold
American
Wiley PostWiley Post
American

Alan BeanAlan Bean
American

Bruno MussoliniBruno Mussolini
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Guion BlufordGuion Bluford
American

Wally SchirraWally Schirra
American
Sara NetanyahuSara Netanyahu
Israeli

Roger B. ChaffeeRoger B. Chaffee
American
Charles DukeCharles Duke
American

Hugo SperrleHugo Sperrle
German

Burt RutanBurt Rutan
American
Ilan RamonIlan Ramon
Israeli

Edgar MitchellEdgar Mitchell
American
Robert Ritter von GreimRobert Ritter von Greim
German

Betty OngBetty Ong
American

Ernst UdetErnst Udet
German

Mathias RustMathias Rust
German

Eugene CernanEugene Cernan
American
Scott CarpenterScott Carpenter
American

Otto LilienthalOtto Lilienthal
German

Joseph KittingerJoseph Kittinger
American

Gail HalvorsenGail Halvorsen
American
Hans-Joachim MarseilleHans-Joachim Marseille
German

Ferdinand von ZeppelinFerdinand von Zeppelin
German
James IrwinJames Irwin
American

Jake PavelkaJake Pavelka
American

Sabiha GökçenSabiha Gökçen
Turkish
Kurt StudentKurt Student
German

Svetlana SavitskayaSvetlana Savitskaya
Russian
Dieter F. UchtdorfDieter F. Uchtdorf
German

Story MusgraveStory Musgrave
American

Geoffrey de HavillandGeoffrey de Havilland
British
Keith ParkKeith Park
British

Samantha CristoforettiSamantha Cristoforetti
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Leonard CheshireLeonard Cheshire
British

Bruce McCandless IIBruce McCandless II
American

Lothar von RichthofenLothar von Richthofen
German

Jacob Veldhuyzen van ZantenJacob Veldhuyzen van Zanten
-
George BeurlingGeorge Beurling
Canadian
Louis BlériotLouis Blériot
French

Gerhard BarkhornGerhard Barkhorn
German

William C. McCoolWilliam C. McCool
American

Günther RallGünther Rall
German
Hans BaurHans Baur
German

Oswald BoelckeOswald Boelcke
-

Walter CunninghamWalter Cunningham
American

James McDivittJames McDivitt
American

Ezer WeizmanEzer Weizman
Israeli
Stuart RoosaStuart Roosa
American

Rusty SchweickartRusty Schweickart
American
Alfred WordenAlfred Worden
American

Pancho BarnesPancho Barnes
American
Ahmed ShafikAhmed Shafik
Egyptian
Johannes SteinhoffJohannes Steinhoff
German