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
Fred HaiseFred Haise
American

Susan OliverSusan Oliver
American
Russell JohnsonRussell Johnson
American

James StockdaleJames Stockdale
American

Alfred WordenAlfred Worden
American
Erich HartmannErich Hartmann
German
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Harald QuandtHarald Quandt
German
Ken MattinglyKen Mattingly
American

Ronnie CorbettRonnie Corbett
British

Gordon CooperGordon Cooper
American

Deke SlaytonDeke Slayton
American
Mathias RustMathias Rust
German

Frank BormanFrank Borman
American

Randy ShughartRandy Shughart
American

Charles DukeCharles Duke
American

Pete ConradPete Conrad
American
Wally SchirraWally Schirra
American

Sara NetanyahuSara Netanyahu
Israeli
Steve FossettSteve Fossett
American

Alan BeanAlan Bean
American

Scott CarpenterScott Carpenter
American
Roger B. ChaffeeRoger B. Chaffee
American

Forrest BirdForrest Bird
American
Edgar MitchellEdgar Mitchell
American

Jake PavelkaJake Pavelka
American

Guion BlufordGuion Bluford
American

Jacqueline CochranJacqueline Cochran
American

Alberto Santos-DumontAlberto Santos-Dumont
Brazilian
Eugene CernanEugene Cernan
American

Bruno MussoliniBruno Mussolini
-

William C. McCoolWilliam C. McCool
American

Robert Ritter von GreimRobert Ritter von Greim
German
Gennady PadalkaGennady Padalka
Russian
Burt RutanBurt Rutan
American

Herbert NitschHerbert Nitsch
Austrian

Ernst UdetErnst Udet
German

Dieter F. UchtdorfDieter F. Uchtdorf
German
Joseph KittingerJoseph Kittinger
American

James IrwinJames Irwin
American
Hans-Joachim MarseilleHans-Joachim Marseille
German

Hugo SperrleHugo Sperrle
German

James McDivittJames McDivitt
American
Sabiha GökçenSabiha Gökçen
Turkish

Story MusgraveStory Musgrave
American
Geoffrey de HavillandGeoffrey de Havilland
British

Betty OngBetty Ong
American

Rusty SchweickartRusty Schweickart
American
Bruce McCandless IIBruce McCandless II
American

Kurt StudentKurt Student
German
Otto LilienthalOtto Lilienthal
German

Samantha CristoforettiSamantha Cristoforetti
-

Lothar von RichthofenLothar von Richthofen
German

Gail HalvorsenGail Halvorsen
American
Leonard CheshireLeonard Cheshire
British

Keith ParkKeith Park
British

Jacob Veldhuyzen van ZantenJacob Veldhuyzen van Zanten
-

George CayleyGeorge Cayley
British

Walter CunninghamWalter Cunningham
American
Wiley PostWiley Post
American

Glenn CurtissGlenn Curtiss
American
Günther RallGünther Rall
German

Louis BlériotLouis Blériot
French

Gerhard BarkhornGerhard Barkhorn
German
Hans BaurHans Baur
German

Pancho BarnesPancho Barnes
American
George BeurlingGeorge Beurling
Canadian

Svetlana SavitskayaSvetlana Savitskaya
Russian
Harriet QuimbyHarriet Quimby
American

Donn F. EiseleDonn F. Eisele
American

Oswald BoelckeOswald Boelcke
-
Stuart RoosaStuart Roosa
American

Ezer WeizmanEzer Weizman
Israeli
Franz von WerraFranz von Werra
Swiss, German