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
Jimmy DoolittleJimmy Doolittle
American
Fred HaiseFred Haise
American

Erich HartmannErich Hartmann
German
Paul TibbetsPaul Tibbets
American
Ken MattinglyKen Mattingly
American

Richard E. ByrdRichard E. Byrd
American
Deke SlaytonDeke Slayton
American
Ronnie CorbettRonnie Corbett
British
Sara NetanyahuSara Netanyahu
Israeli

Harald QuandtHarald Quandt
German
Gordon CooperGordon Cooper
American
Frank BormanFrank Borman
American

Hans-Ulrich RudelHans-Ulrich Rudel
German
Randy ShughartRandy Shughart
American
Herbert NitschHerbert Nitsch
Austrian
Eddie RickenbackerEddie Rickenbacker
American

James StockdaleJames Stockdale
American
Sabiha GökçenSabiha Gökçen
Turkish
Charles DukeCharles Duke
American

Adolf GallandAdolf Galland
German
Roger B. ChaffeeRoger B. Chaffee
American
Story MusgraveStory Musgrave
American
Pete ConradPete Conrad
American

Wally SchirraWally Schirra
American
Edgar MitchellEdgar Mitchell
American
Henry H. ArnoldHenry H. Arnold
American

Scott CarpenterScott Carpenter
American
Amy JohnsonAmy Johnson
British
Hanna ReitschHanna Reitsch
Austrian, German, Polish
Bruno MussoliniBruno Mussolini
-

Mathias RustMathias Rust
German
Ilan RamonIlan Ramon
Israeli
Eugene CernanEugene Cernan
American

Burt RutanBurt Rutan
American
Robert Ritter von GreimRobert Ritter von Greim
German
Alan BeanAlan Bean
American
Bruce McCandless IIBruce McCandless II
American

Betty OngBetty Ong
American
Alberto Santos-DumontAlberto Santos-Dumont
Brazilian
Gail HalvorsenGail Halvorsen
American

James IrwinJames Irwin
American
Hans-Joachim MarseilleHans-Joachim Marseille
German
Otto LilienthalOtto Lilienthal
German
Kurt StudentKurt Student
German

Ernst UdetErnst Udet
German
Jake PavelkaJake Pavelka
American
Joseph KittingerJoseph Kittinger
American

Geoffrey de HavillandGeoffrey de Havilland
British
Ferdinand von ZeppelinFerdinand von Zeppelin
German
Hans BaurHans Baur
German
Sussan LeySussan Ley
Australian

Guion BlufordGuion Bluford
American
William C. McCoolWilliam C. McCool
American
Dieter F. UchtdorfDieter F. Uchtdorf
German

Jacob Veldhuyzen van ZantenJacob Veldhuyzen van Zanten
-
Lothar von RichthofenLothar von Richthofen
German
Günther RallGünther Rall
German
Keith ParkKeith Park
British

Leonard CheshireLeonard Cheshire
British
Hugo SperrleHugo Sperrle
German
Walter CunninghamWalter Cunningham
American

Donn F. EiseleDonn F. Eisele
American
Ezer WeizmanEzer Weizman
Israeli
James McDivittJames McDivitt
American
Gerhard BarkhornGerhard Barkhorn
German

George BeurlingGeorge Beurling
Canadian
Louis BlériotLouis Blériot
French
Samantha CristoforettiSamantha Cristoforetti
-

Stuart RoosaStuart Roosa
American
Rusty SchweickartRusty Schweickart
American
Alfred WordenAlfred Worden
American
Oswald BoelckeOswald Boelcke
-

Ahmed ShafikAhmed Shafik
Egyptian
Svetlana SavitskayaSvetlana Savitskaya
Russian
Johannes SteinhoffJohannes Steinhoff
German

Charles NungesserCharles Nungesser
French
Josef PrillerJosef Priller
German
Ivan KozhedubIvan Kozhedub
-
Joe EngleJoe Engle
American