Find out more about the greatest pilots, including Amelia Earhart, Charles Lindberg, Jimmy Doolittle, Bessie Coleman and Bob Hoover.

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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.

Sidney Luft Sidney Luft
American

Thakur Anoop SinghThakur Anoop Singh
Indian

Chesley SullenbergerChesley Sullenberger
American

David JasonDavid Jason
British

Mukul DevMukul Dev
Indian
Tom HarmonTom Harmon
American

Ilan RamonIlan Ramon
Israeli
Mathias RustMathias Rust
German

Rick HusbandRick Husband
American

Jock MahoneyJock Mahoney
American
Biju PatnaikBiju Patnaik
Indian

Rahul MahajanRahul Mahajan
Indian
Dan RowanDan Rowan
American

Alan BeanAlan Bean
American

Steve FossettSteve Fossett
American
Beryl MarkhamBeryl Markham
British
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Alberto Santos-DumontAlberto Santos-Dumont
Brazilian
Jacqueline CochranJacqueline Cochran
American

Charles SweeneyCharles Sweeney
American

Werner MöldersWerner Mölders
German

Georgy DobrovolskyGeorgy Dobrovolsky
Ukrainian
Don HerbertDon Herbert
American

Gabby GabreskiGabby Gabreski
American

Louis BlériotLouis Blériot
French

Hugh Trenchard, 1st Viscount TrenchardHugh Trenchard, 1st Viscount Trenchard
British

Wolfram von RichthofenWolfram von Richthofen
German
Dieter F. UchtdorfDieter F. Uchtdorf
German

Mirosław HermaszewskiMirosław Hermaszewski
Polish
David McCampbellDavid McCampbell
American

Vance D. BrandVance D. Brand
American

Marcos PontesMarcos Pontes
Brazilian
Georges CarpentierGeorges Carpentier
French

Subroto MukerjeeSubroto Mukerjee
Indian
E. R. BraithwaiteE. R. Braithwaite
Guyanese

Sigmund JähnSigmund Jähn
German

Charles Portal, 1st Viscount Portal of HungerfordCharles Portal, 1st Viscount Portal of Hungerford
British

Beate Uhse-RotermundBeate Uhse-Rotermund
German

Georges GuynemerGeorges Guynemer
French
Hugo EckenerHugo Eckener
German

Pavel BelyayevPavel Belyayev
Russian

Phạm TuânPhạm Tuân
Vietnamese

Yves RossyYves Rossy
Swiss
Rodger WardRodger Ward
American
Vladimír RemekVladimír Remek
Czech

Pavel PopovichPavel Popovich
Ukrainian

Jean-Loup ChrétienJean-Loup Chrétien
French

Hubert WilkinsHubert Wilkins
Australian
Valery ChkalovValery Chkalov
Russian

Bertalan FarkasBertalan Farkas
Hungarian
Bram van der StokBram van der Stok
Dutch

Diana Barnato WalkerDiana Barnato Walker
British

Edward GibsonEdward Gibson
American
Jacqueline AuriolJacqueline Auriol
French

Oswald MorrisOswald Morris
British
Alliott Verdon RoeAlliott Verdon Roe
British

Nadezhda PopovaNadezhda Popova
Russian

John SlessorJohn Slessor
British
Ivan BellaIvan Bella
Slovak

Juan de la Cierva, 1st Count of la CiervaJuan de la Cierva, 1st Count of la Cierva
Spanish
Dale GardnerDale Gardner
American

Betty SkeltonBetty Skelton
American

William PogueWilliam Pogue
American

Arthur Whitten BrownArthur Whitten Brown
Scottish
Robert Lee Scott Jr.Robert Lee Scott Jr.
American

Carl Ben EielsonCarl Ben Eielson
American

Anatoly KornukovAnatoly Kornukov
Ukrainian, Russian

Roland GarrosRoland Garros
French

Charles Elworthy, Baron ElworthyCharles Elworthy, Baron Elworthy
New Zealander
Anthony HindsAnthony Hinds
British

Chuck StoneChuck Stone
American
Gennady StrekalovGennady Strekalov
Russian

Gerhard FieselerGerhard Fieseler
German

Aleksandr Aleksandrovich VolkovAleksandr Aleksandrovich Volkov
Russian
Andrian NikolayevAndrian Nikolayev
Russian

Albert William StevensAlbert William Stevens
American
Johnnie JohnsonJohnnie Johnson
British

Bill BrownBill Brown
Australian
Matiur RahmanMatiur Rahman
Bangladeshi

Michael MelvillMichael Melvill
South African

Alvah Chapman Jr.Alvah Chapman Jr.
American
John AlcockJohn Alcock
British

Sergey VolkovSergey Volkov
Russian
Maurice FreehillMaurice Freehill
British