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

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

Vladimir KomarovVladimir Komarov
Russian
Alan BeanAlan Bean
American
Adolf GallandAdolf Galland
German

Amy JohnsonAmy Johnson
British
Hanna ReitschHanna Reitsch
Austrian, German, Polish
Mathias RustMathias Rust
German
Alberto Santos-DumontAlberto Santos-Dumont
Brazilian

Beryl MarkhamBeryl Markham
British
Louis BlériotLouis Blériot
French
Roland GarrosRoland Garros
French

Dieter F. UchtdorfDieter F. Uchtdorf
German
Werner MöldersWerner Mölders
German
Wolfram von RichthofenWolfram von Richthofen
German
Yves RossyYves Rossy
Swiss

Sigmund JähnSigmund Jähn
German
Valery ChkalovValery Chkalov
Russian
Beate Uhse-RotermundBeate Uhse-Rotermund
German

Bram van der StokBram van der Stok
Dutch
Matiur RahmanMatiur Rahman
Bangladeshi
Maurice FreehillMaurice Freehill
British
Clarence W. HallClarence W. Hall
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