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)
Ronnie CorbettRonnie Corbett
(British)
Frank BormanFrank Borman
(American)

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Bud SpencerBud Spencer
(Italian)
Erich HartmannErich Hartmann
(German)
Jimmy DoolittleJimmy Doolittle
(American)

Fred HaiseFred Haise
(American)
Gordon CooperGordon Cooper
(American)
Deke SlaytonDeke Slayton
(American)

Richard E. ByrdRichard E. Byrd
(American)
Harald QuandtHarald Quandt
(German)
Hans-Ulrich RudelHans-Ulrich Rudel
(German)

Herbert NitschHerbert Nitsch
(Austrian)
Paul TibbetsPaul Tibbets
(American)
Roger B. ChaffeeRoger B. Chaffee
(American)

Ken MattinglyKen Mattingly
(American)
Randy ShughartRandy Shughart
(American)
Ilan RamonIlan Ramon
(Israeli)

Eddie RickenbackerEddie Rickenbacker
(American)
James StockdaleJames Stockdale
(American)
Guion BlufordGuion Bluford
(American)

Alexey LeonovAlexey Leonov
(Russian)
Adolf GallandAdolf Galland
(German)
Scott CarpenterScott Carpenter
(American)

Pete ConradPete Conrad
(American)
Wally SchirraWally Schirra
(American)
Eugene CernanEugene Cernan
(American)

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Charles DukeCharles Duke
(American)
Amy JohnsonAmy Johnson
(British)
Henry H. ArnoldHenry H. Arnold
(American)

Hanna ReitschHanna Reitsch
(Austrian,German,Polish)
Alan BeanAlan Bean
(American)
Gail HalvorsenGail Halvorsen
(American)

Edgar MitchellEdgar Mitchell
(American)
Sara NetanyahuSara Netanyahu
(Israeli)
Jake PavelkaJake Pavelka
(American)

James IrwinJames Irwin
(American)
Alberto Santos-DumontAlberto Santos-Dumont
(Brazilian)
Hans-Joachim MarseilleHans-Joachim Marseille
(German)

Burt RutanBurt Rutan
(American)
Joseph KittingerJoseph Kittinger
(American)
Ernst UdetErnst Udet
(German)

William C. McCoolWilliam C. McCool
(American)
Betty OngBetty Ong
(American)
Kurt StudentKurt Student
(German)

Bruno MussoliniBruno Mussolini
Robert Ritter von GreimRobert Ritter von Greim
(German)
Bruce McCandless IIBruce McCandless II
(American)

Otto LilienthalOtto Lilienthal
(German)
Günther RallGünther Rall
(German)
Mathias RustMathias Rust
(German)

Ferdinand von ZeppelinFerdinand von Zeppelin
(German)
Story MusgraveStory Musgrave
(American)
Geoffrey de HavillandGeoffrey de Havilland
(British)

Jacob Veldhuyzen van ZantenJacob Veldhuyzen van Zanten
Oswald BoelckeOswald Boelcke
James McDivittJames McDivitt
(American)

Leonard CheshireLeonard Cheshire
(British)
Sabiha GökçenSabiha Gökçen
(Turkish)
Hans BaurHans Baur
(German)

Walter CunninghamWalter Cunningham
(American)
Samantha CristoforettiSamantha Cristoforetti
Louis BlériotLouis Blériot
(French)

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

Alfred WordenAlfred Worden
(American)
George BeurlingGeorge Beurling
(Canadian)
Rusty SchweickartRusty Schweickart
(American)

Donn F. EiseleDonn F. Eisele
(American)
Stuart RoosaStuart Roosa
(American)
Ezer WeizmanEzer Weizman
(Israeli)

Joe EngleJoe Engle
(American)
Heinrich EhrlerHeinrich Ehrler
(German)
Dieter F. UchtdorfDieter F. Uchtdorf
(German)

Johannes SteinhoffJohannes Steinhoff
(German)
Robert L. GibsonRobert L. Gibson
(American)
Svetlana SavitskayaSvetlana Savitskaya
(Russian)

Franz von WerraFranz von Werra
(Swiss,German)
Keith ParkKeith Park
(British)
Max ImmelmannMax Immelmann