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

Chesley SullenbergerChesley Sullenberger
American
David JasonDavid Jason
British
Thakur Anoop SinghThakur Anoop Singh
Indian

Mukul DevMukul Dev
Indian

Francis Gary PowersFrancis Gary Powers
American

Vladimir KomarovVladimir Komarov
Russian
Tom HarmonTom Harmon
American

Jock MahoneyJock Mahoney
American
Dan RowanDan Rowan
American

Steve FossettSteve Fossett
American

Rahul MahajanRahul Mahajan
Indian
Beryl MarkhamBeryl Markham
British

Alberto Santos-DumontAlberto Santos-Dumont
Brazilian
Alan BeanAlan Bean
American

Ilan RamonIlan Ramon
Israeli

Dieter F. UchtdorfDieter F. Uchtdorf
German
Jacqueline CochranJacqueline Cochran
American
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Rick HusbandRick Husband
American
Mathias RustMathias Rust
German

Werner MöldersWerner Mölders
German

Don HerbertDon Herbert
American

Louis BlériotLouis Blériot
French
Wolfram von RichthofenWolfram von Richthofen
German

Gabby GabreskiGabby Gabreski
American

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

Mirosław HermaszewskiMirosław Hermaszewski
Polish

David McCampbellDavid McCampbell
American
Yves RossyYves Rossy
Swiss

Georges CarpentierGeorges Carpentier
French
Georges GuynemerGeorges Guynemer
French

Vance D. BrandVance D. Brand
American

Phạm TuânPhạm Tuân
Vietnamese
Charles Portal, 1st Viscount Portal of HungerfordCharles Portal, 1st Viscount Portal of Hungerford
British

Subroto MukerjeeSubroto Mukerjee
Indian
Sigmund JähnSigmund Jähn
German

Valery ChkalovValery Chkalov
Russian

Bram van der StokBram van der Stok
Dutch

Marcos PontesMarcos Pontes
Brazilian

Rodger WardRodger Ward
American
Beate Uhse-RotermundBeate Uhse-Rotermund
German

Hugo EckenerHugo Eckener
German

Pavel BelyayevPavel Belyayev
Russian

Edward GibsonEdward Gibson
American
Pavel PopovichPavel Popovich
Ukrainian
Hubert WilkinsHubert Wilkins
Australian

Jean-Loup ChrétienJean-Loup Chrétien
French

Vladimír RemekVladimír Remek
Czech

Oswald MorrisOswald Morris
British
Bertalan FarkasBertalan Farkas
Hungarian

Diana Barnato WalkerDiana Barnato Walker
British
Juan de la Cierva, 1st Count of la CiervaJuan de la Cierva, 1st Count of la Cierva
Spanish

Betty SkeltonBetty Skelton
American

Robert Lee Scott Jr.Robert Lee Scott Jr.
American
Carl Ben EielsonCarl Ben Eielson
American

Dale GardnerDale Gardner
American
Roland GarrosRoland Garros
French

Aleksandr Aleksandrovich VolkovAleksandr Aleksandrovich Volkov
Russian

Chuck StoneChuck Stone
American
Ivan BellaIvan Bella
Slovak

Gerhard FieselerGerhard Fieseler
German
Andrian NikolayevAndrian Nikolayev
Russian

Albert William StevensAlbert William Stevens
American

William PogueWilliam Pogue
American

Matiur RahmanMatiur Rahman
Bangladeshi
Sergey VolkovSergey Volkov
Russian

John AlcockJohn Alcock
British

Michael MelvillMichael Melvill
South African

Maurice FreehillMaurice Freehill
British

Evelyn TroutEvelyn Trout
American
Hans Werner GrosseHans Werner Grosse
Polish