Famous British Aviators

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Ronnie Corbett
(Comedian, Author, Writer, Film actor, Stage actor, Cabaret artist, Aviator)
Ronnie Corbett
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Birthdate: December 4, 1930
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Edinburgh
Died: March 31, 2016
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Amy Johnson
(Aviator)
Amy Johnson
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Birthdate: July 1, 1903
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
Died: January 5, 1941
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Frank Whittle
(British Pilot and Aviator Best Known for Inventing the 'Turbojet Engine')
Frank Whittle
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Birthdate: June 1, 1907
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Coventry, England
Died: August 9, 1996

Aviation engineer Frank Whittle entered the Royal Air Force as an apprentice and rose through the ranks to become a pilot. He invented the jet engine, though his idea of a plane that could fly at a phenomenal speed was initially laughed at. He was later knighted for his achievements.

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Geoffrey de Havilland
(Aerospace engineer, Engineer, Test pilot, Aviator, Entrepreneur)
Geoffrey de Havilland
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Birthdate: July 27, 1882
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: High Wycombe
Died: May 21, 1965

Aviation pioneer and aircraft designer Geoffrey de Havilland is best remembered for his double-engine warplane Mosquito and the jet airliner Comet. He was part of the Royal Flying Corps and had been knighted for his achievements. He was also the founder of the De Havilland Aircraft Company.

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George Cayley
(British Engineer, Inventor and Aviator Known for Designing First Successful Human Glider)
George Cayley
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Birthdate: December 27, 1773
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Scarborough, Yorkshire, England
Died: December 15, 1857

British engineer and inventor George Cayley was a pioneer of aeronautics and aviation. He designed the world’s first glider that could successfully carry a human being. He was also a prominent Whig and had contributed to the formation of what is now known as the University of Westminster.

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Leonard Cheshire
(Aviator, Military personnel)
Leonard Cheshire
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Birthdate: September 7, 1917
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chester
Died: July 31, 1992

Legendary RAF pilot Leonard Cheshire was not just famous for his exploits during World War II but was also a dedicated philanthropist. His heroic action of flying a burned bomber plane back safely won him a Distinguished Service Order. His charitable trust is now known as Leonard Cheshire Disability.

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Roger Bushell
(He masterminded the "Great Escape" from Stalag Luft III in 1944)
Roger Bushell
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Birthdate: August 30, 1910
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Springs, Transvaal, South Africa
Died: March 29, 1944
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Keith Park
(Aviator, Military personnel)
Keith Park
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Birthdate: June 15, 1892
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Thames
Died: February 6, 1975
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Albert Ball
(Aviator, Military personnel)
Albert Ball
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Birthdate: August 14, 1896
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nottingham
Died: May 7, 1917
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Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, 14th Duke of Hamilton
(One of the first men to fly over Mount Everest.)
Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, 14th Duke of Hamilton
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Birthdate: February 3, 1903
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: March 30, 1973
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Sir Francis Chichester
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Birthdate: September 17, 1901
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Barnstaple, England
Died: August 26, 1972
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Reginald Denny
(Actor, Boxer)
Reginald Denny
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Birthdate: November 20, 1891
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Richmond, Surrey, England
Died: June 16, 1967
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Lanoe Hawker
(Aviator, Military personnel)
Lanoe Hawker
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Birthdate: December 30, 1890
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hampshire
Died: November 23, 1916
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Thomas Sopwith
(Aircraft designer)
Thomas Sopwith
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Birthdate: January 18, 1888
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kensington, England
Died: January 27, 1989
Diana Barnato Walker
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Birthdate: January 15, 1918
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
Died: April 28, 2008
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F. W. Winterbotham
(Air Force Officer)
F. W. Winterbotham
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Birthdate: April 16, 1897
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Stroud, England
Died: January 28, 1990
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John Alcock
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Birthdate: November 5, 1892
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manchester, England
Died: December 19, 1919
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Claude Grahame-White
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Birthdate: August 21, 1879
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bursledon, England
Died: August 19, 1959
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Alan Cobham
(Aviator)
Alan Cobham
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Birthdate: May 6, 1894
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England
Died: October 21, 1973
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Sheila Scott
(Aviator)
Sheila Scott
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Birthdate: April 27, 1922
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Worcester, England
Died: October 20, 1988
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Percy Pilcher
(Inventor)
Percy Pilcher
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Birthdate: January 16, 1866
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: England
Died: October 2, 1899
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Maurice Farman
(British-French Aviation Pioneer, Motor Racer, Cyclist, and Aircraft Manufacturer)
Maurice Farman
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Birthdate: March 21, 1877
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: February 25, 1964

British-French motor racer, aviator, and aircraft manufacturer Maurice Farman was also a champion in tandem cycling. He and his brother, Henri, completed the world’s first circular flight of over 1km. He also made pioneering studies in aerial radiotelephony, while his company introduced the world’s first long-distance passenger plane, Goliath.

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Denis Keegan
(Who served a single term as a Conservative Party Member of Parliament)
Denis Keegan
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Birthdate: January 26, 1924
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: October 9, 1993