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

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Famous As: Aviator, Pilot
Birthdate: July 24, 1897
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
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

David Jason
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 2, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British
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 3 Rahul Mahajan

Rahul Mahajan
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Famous As: Entertainer
Birthdate: July 25, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian

 4 Chesley Sullenberger

Chesley Sullenberger
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Famous As: Aviator
Birthdate: January 23, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
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 5 Sidney Luft

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Famous As: Show Business Figure
Birthdate: November 2, 1915
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
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.

 6 Manfred von Richthofen

Manfred von Richthofen
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Famous As: Fighter Pilot
Birthdate: May 2, 1892
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: French, Polish
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.”
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 7 Dean Paul Martin

Dean Paul Martin
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 17, 1951
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: March 21, 1987
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 8 Dennis Weaver

Dennis Weaver
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 4, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: February 24, 2006
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 9 Douglas Bader

Douglas Bader
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Famous As: Royal Air Force Pilot During World War II
Birthdate: February 21, 1910
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British
Died: September 5, 1982

 10 Vladimir Komarov

Vladimir Komarov
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Famous As: Pilot
Birthdate: March 16, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Russian
Died: April 24, 1967
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 11 Jimmy Doolittle

Jimmy Doolittle
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Famous As: Military General
Birthdate: December 14, 1896
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: September 27, 1993

 12 Francis Gary Powers

Francis Gary Powers
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Famous As: Pilot
Birthdate: August 17, 1929
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: August 1, 1977
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 13 Dietrich Mateschitz

Dietrich Mateschitz
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: May 20, 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Austrian

 14 Paul Tibbets

Paul Tibbets
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Famous As: Pilot
Birthdate: February 23, 1915
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: November 1, 2007

 15 Geraldyn M Cobb

Geraldyn M Cobb
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Famous As: Aviator
Birthdate: March 5, 1931
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: March 18, 2019

 16 Roland Garros

Roland Garros
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Famous As: aviator, rugby union player
Birthdate: October 6, 1888
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: French
Died: October 5, 1918
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 17 Elliott Roosevelt

Elliott Roosevelt
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Famous As: Pilot
Birthdate: September 23, 1910
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: October 27, 1990

 18 Tom Harmon

Tom Harmon
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Famous As: American Football Players
Birthdate: September 28, 1919
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: March 15, 1990
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 19 Rick Carlisle

Rick Carlisle
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Famous As: Basketball Coach
Birthdate: October 27, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 20 Billy Mitchell

Billy Mitchell
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Famous As: Military General
Birthdate: December 29, 1879
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: French, American
Died: February 19, 1936
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 21 Pappy Boyington

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Famous As: Pilot
Birthdate: December 4, 1912
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: January 11, 1988

 22 Thakur Anoop Singh

Thakur Anoop Singh
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 23, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Indian
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 23 Biju Patnaik

Biju Patnaik
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 5, 1916
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Indian
Died: April 17, 1997

 24 Dan Rowan

Dan Rowan
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Famous As: Comedians
Birthdate: July 22, 1922
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: September 22, 1987
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 25 Ilan Ramon

Ilan Ramon
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Famous As: Fighter pilot
Birthdate: June 20, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Israeli
Died: February 1, 2003

 26 Mukul Dev

Mukul Dev
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 30, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Indian
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 27 Rick Husband

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Famous As: Astronaut
Birthdate: July 12, 1957
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: February 1, 2003

 28 Alberto Santos-Dumont

Alberto Santos-Dumont
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Famous As: Aviator, Inventor, Balloonist
Birthdate: July 20, 1873
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Brazilian
Died: July 23, 1932
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 29 Jock Mahoney

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 7, 1919
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: December 14, 1989

 30 Amy Johnson

Amy Johnson
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Famous As: Aviator
Birthdate: July 1, 1903
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
Died: January 5, 1941
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 31 Beryl Markham

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Famous As: Horse trainer
Birthdate: October 26, 1902
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
Died: August 3, 1986

 32 Steve Fossett

Steve Fossett
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: April 22, 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: September 3, 2007
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 33 Alan Bean

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

 34 Edward O'Hare

Edward O'Hare
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Famous As: Aviator
Birthdate: March 13, 1914
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: November 26, 1943
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 35 Edward O'Hare

Edward O'Hare
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Famous As: Aviator
Birthdate: March 13, 1914
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: November 26, 1943

 36 Eugene Bullard

Eugene Bullard
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Famous As: Pilot
Birthdate: October 9, 1895
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: October 12, 1961

 37 Wolfram von Richthofen

Wolfram von Richthofen
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Famous As: Field marshal ,Air Force
Birthdate: October 11, 1895
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: German
Died: July 12, 1945

 38 Sultan ibn Salman Al Saud

Sultan ibn Salman Al Saud
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Famous As: Pilot
Birthdate: June 27, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Saudi Arabian

 39 Jacqueline Cochran

Jacqueline Cochran
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Famous As: Pilot
Birthdate: May 11, 1906
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: August 9, 1980

 40 Mathias Rust

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Famous As: Aviator
Birthdate: June 1, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: German

 41 Ernst Udet

Ernst Udet
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Famous As: Pilot
Birthdate: April 26, 1896
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: German
Died: November 17, 1941

 42 Dieter F. Uchtdorf

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

 43 Don Herbert

Don Herbert
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Famous As: Television Host
Birthdate: July 10, 1917
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: June 12, 2007

 44 Pollycarpus Priyanto

Pollycarpus Priyanto
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Famous As: Pilot
Birthdate: January 26, 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Indonesian
Died: October 17, 2020

 45 Charles Sweeney

Charles Sweeney
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Famous As: Pilot
Birthdate: December 27, 1919
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: July 16, 2004

 46 Werner Mölders

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

 47 Louis Blériot

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

 48 Yves Rossy

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Famous As: Aviator, Inventor
Birthdate: August 27, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Swiss

 49 Gabby Gabreski

Gabby Gabreski
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Famous As: Pilot
Birthdate: January 28, 1919
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: January 31, 2002

 50 Johnnie Johnson

Johnnie Johnson
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Famous As: Pilot
Birthdate: March 9, 1915
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British
Died: January 30, 2001
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