Pilots

The job of a pilot is considered to be one of the most lucrative and glamorous ones in the aviation industry. Ask any little kid what they want to be when they grow up, and pat comes the reply, “pilot!” But despite the glamour quotient attached with the profession, it goes without saying that being a pilot comes with tremendous responsibility. The Wright brothers are widely regarded as the first pilots in the modern sense of the word though many before them had attempted to fly, often with disastrous results. Coming to more recent times, James H. Doolittle, Noel Wien, and Charles A. Lindbergh are counted amongst the best pilots of the early years of the 20 century. While initially flying was considered exclusively a man’s field, French woman Raymonde de Laroche broke all traditions to become the first woman in the world to receive an aeroplane pilot's licence. Not long after, American aviator Harriet Quimby became the first woman to fly across the English Channel. Despite dying young, she played a major role in encouraging women to take up aviation. Intrigued to know more about pilots? Check out this section to know about some of most famous pilots of the world.
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 1 Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart.
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Famous As: Aviator, Pilot
Birthdate: July 24, 1897
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Atchison, Kansas, United States
Died: January 5, 1939

Amelia Earhart became the first female pilot to complete a solo trans-Atlantic flight, in 1932. A champion for equal rights, Amelia later wrote best-selling memoirs and contributed to the women pilot’s group The Ninety-Nines. In 1937, Amelia disappeared while flying over the Pacific Ocean and was later declared dead.

 2 David Jason

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 2, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Edmonton, London, England, UK
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 3 Manfred von Richthofen

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Famous As: Fighter Pilot
Birthdate: May 2, 1892
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wrocław
Died: April 21, 1918
Manfred von Richthofen, also known as Baron von Richthofen and the "Red Baron,” was a German Air Force fighter pilot who won more than 80 World War I battles. He was part of the fighter wing unit Jagdgeschwader 1, which was also known as "The Flying Circus" or "Richthofen's Circus.”

 4 Francis Gary Powers

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Famous As: Pilot
Birthdate: August 17, 1929
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jenkins, Kentucky, United States
Died: August 1, 1977

Francis Gary Powers was an American pilot. His Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) U-2 spy plane was shot down in what came to be known as the 1960 U-2 incident. He was performing photographic aerial reconnaissance deep inside Soviet territory when the incident occurred. He survived and later worked as a helicopter pilot for KNBC in Los Angeles.

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 5 Vladimir Komarov

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Famous As: Pilot
Birthdate: March 16, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Moscow
Died: April 24, 1967

Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov was the first from his country to fly into space twice. He died when his Soyuz 1 capsule crashed while re-entering the Earth, due to a parachute failure, on April 24, 1967, which made him the first human to die in a space flight.

 6 Dennis Weaver

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 4, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Joplin, Missouri, United States
Died: February 24, 2006
Dennis Weaver is best known as Chester Goode/Proudfoot from Gunsmoke and as Deputy Marshal Sam McCloud from McCloud. He initially ran track and field, but his failure to qualify for the U.S. Olympic decathlon team made him join films. He had also been the president of the Screen Actors Guild.
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 7 Dean Paul Martin

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 17, 1951
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California
Died: March 21, 1987

Dean Paul Martin made his way into pop singing at the age of thirteen when he joined the pop group Dino, Desi & Billy. He earned a Golden Globe Award nomination for his performance in Players. He also became a successful tennis player and competed in junior competition at Wimbeldon. At the age of 16, he obtained his pilot's license.

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 8 Sidney Luft

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Famous As: Show Business Figure
Birthdate: November 2, 1915
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Died: September 15, 2005
Producer Sidney Luft is remembered for his marriages to Hollywood stars, such as Judy Garland and Lynn Bari. He produced many notable films, such as the 1954 movie A Star is Born, featuring Garland. He had also been a boxer and a Canadian Air Force pilot in the past.
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 9 Jimmy Doolittle

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Famous As: Military General
Birthdate: December 14, 1896
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Alameda, California, United States
Died: September 27, 1993

Jimmy Doolittle was an American aviation pioneer and military general. Apart from winning many flying races, Doolittle also helped develop instrument flying. He was the brains behind the Doolittle Raid, the air raid that served as retribution for the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II. His work during the raid earned him the prestigious Medal of Honor.

 10 Paul Tibbets

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Famous As: Pilot
Birthdate: February 23, 1915
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Quincy, Illinois, United States
Died: November 1, 2007
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 11 Douglas Bader

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Famous As: Royal Air Force Pilot During World War II
Birthdate: February 21, 1910
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: St John's Wood, London
Died: September 5, 1982

Sir Douglas Bader was a RAF pilot during World War II. Although he lost both his legs in an aerobatics accident in 1931, he recovered and rejoined the RAF. Following the war, he joined the oil industry. The film and book Reach for the Sky details his life.

 12 Tom Harmon

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Famous As: American Football Players
Birthdate: September 28, 1919
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rensselaer, Indiana, USA
Died: March 15, 1990
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 13 Dietrich Mateschitz

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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: May 20, 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sankt Marein im Mürztal, Austria
Self-made business magnate and Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz took 10 years to complete his marketing degree. He was also one of the pioneers of content marketing, and rather than depending on paid ad agencies, marketed his brand through numerous media tools, such as the Red Bulletin magazine.

 14 Jock Mahoney

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 7, 1919
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died: December 14, 1989

 15 Pappy Boyington

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Famous As: Pilot
Birthdate: December 4, 1912
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Died: January 11, 1988

 16 Rick Carlisle

Rick Carlisle.
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Famous As: Basketball Coach
Birthdate: October 27, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ogdensburg, New York, United States
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 17 Billy Mitchell

Billy Mitchell
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Famous As: Military General
Birthdate: December 29, 1879
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nice, France
Died: February 19, 1936

 18 Amy Johnson

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Famous As: Aviator
Birthdate: July 1, 1903
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
Died: January 5, 1941
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 19 Steve Fossett

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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: April 22, 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jackson, Tennessee, United States
Died: September 3, 2007

 20 Thakur Anoop Singh

Thakur Anoop Singh
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 23, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: India
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 21 Dan Rowan

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Famous As: Comedians
Birthdate: July 22, 1922
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Beggs, Oklahoma, USA
Died: September 22, 1987

 22 Jake Pavelka

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Famous As: Television personality
Birthdate: January 27, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States
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 23 Alberto Santos-Dumont

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Famous As: Aviator, Inventor, Balloonist
Birthdate: July 20, 1873
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Santos Dumont
Died: July 23, 1932

 24 Elliott Roosevelt

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Famous As: Pilot
Birthdate: September 23, 1910
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: October 27, 1990
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 25 Alan Bean

Alan Bean
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Famous As: Officer, Test pilot, Astronaut, Painter, Aviator
Birthdate: March 15, 1932
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wheeler

 26 Beryl Markham

Beryl Markham
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Famous As: Horse trainer
Birthdate: October 26, 1902
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Leicester
Died: August 3, 1986

 27 Ilan Ramon

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Famous As: Fighter pilot
Birthdate: June 20, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ramat Gan, Israel
Died: February 1, 2003

 28 Edward O'Hare

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Famous As: Aviator
Birthdate: March 13, 1914
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: November 26, 1943
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 29 Rick Husband

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Famous As: Astronaut
Birthdate: July 12, 1957
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Amarillo, Texas, United States
Died: February 1, 2003

 30 Eugene Bullard

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Famous As: Pilot
Birthdate: October 9, 1895
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Columbus, Georgia, United States
Died: October 12, 1961
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 31 Mathias Rust

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Famous As: Aviator
Birthdate: June 1, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wedel, Germany

 32 Mukul Dev

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 30, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Delhi, India
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 33 Sultan ibn Salman Al Saud

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Famous As: Pilot
Birthdate: June 27, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

 34 Roland Garros

Roland Garros
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Famous As: aviator, rugby union player
Birthdate: October 6, 1888
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint-Denis
Died: October 5, 1918

 35 Ernst Udet

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Famous As: Pilot
Birthdate: April 26, 1896
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany
Died: November 17, 1941

 36 Rahul Mahajan

Rahul Mahajan
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Famous As: Entertainer
Birthdate: July 25, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: India

 37 Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Dieter F. Uchtdorf
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Famous As: Aviator
Birthdate: November 6, 1940
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ostrava

 38 Geraldyn M Cobb

Geraldyn M Cobb
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Famous As: Aviator
Birthdate: March 5, 1931
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Norman, USA
Died: March 18, 2019

 39 Jacqueline Cochran

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Famous As: Pilot
Birthdate: May 11, 1906
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Muscogee, Cantonment, Florida, United States
Died: August 9, 1980

 40 Biju Patnaik

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 5, 1916
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Asika Aska, Bihar, India
Died: April 17, 1997

 41 Werner Mölders

Werner Mölders
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Famous As: Fighter pilot
Birthdate: March 18, 1913
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Gelsenkirchen
Died: November 22, 1941

 42 Charles Sweeney

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Famous As: Pilot
Birthdate: December 27, 1919
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lowell, Massachusetts, United States
Died: July 16, 2004

 43 Gabby Gabreski

Gabby Gabreski
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Famous As: Pilot
Birthdate: January 28, 1919
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oil City, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: January 31, 2002

 44 Don Herbert

Don Herbert
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Famous As: Television Host
Birthdate: July 10, 1917
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Waconia, Minnesota, U.S.
Died: June 12, 2007

 45 Louis Blériot

Louis Blériot
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Famous As: Aviator, Engineer, Inventor, Aerospace engineer
Birthdate: July 1, 1872
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cambrai
Died: August 2, 1936

 46 Johnnie Johnson

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Famous As: Pilot
Birthdate: March 9, 1915
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Barrow upon Soar, Leicestershire, England
Died: January 30, 2001

 47 Yves Rossy

Yves Rossy
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Famous As: Aviator, Inventor
Birthdate: August 27, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Neuchâtel

 48 Prince Hubertus of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha

Prince Hubertus of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
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Famous As: Prince
Birthdate: August 24, 1909
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Reinhardsbrunn, Friedrichroda, Germany
Died: November 26, 1943

 49 Roberta Cowell

Roberta Cowell
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Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: April 8, 1918
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Croydon, London
Died: October 11, 2011

 50 Georgy Dobrovolsky

Georgy Dobrovolsky
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Famous As: Cosmonaut
Birthdate: June 1, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Odesa, Ukraine
Died: June 30, 1971
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