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

Mukul DevMukul Dev
Indian

Thakur Anoop SinghThakur Anoop Singh
Indian
Tom HarmonTom Harmon
American

Jock MahoneyJock Mahoney
American
Ilan RamonIlan Ramon
Israeli

Rick HusbandRick Husband
American

Billy MitchellBilly Mitchell
French, American
Dan RowanDan Rowan
American

Alberto Santos-DumontAlberto Santos-Dumont
Brazilian
Steve FossettSteve Fossett
American

Rahul MahajanRahul Mahajan
Indian

Beryl MarkhamBeryl Markham
British
Charles SweeneyCharles Sweeney
American
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Biju PatnaikBiju Patnaik
Indian
Mathias RustMathias Rust
German

Alan BeanAlan Bean
American

Ernst UdetErnst Udet
German

Jacqueline CochranJacqueline Cochran
American
Don HerbertDon Herbert
American

Werner MöldersWerner Mölders
German

Gabby GabreskiGabby Gabreski
American

Louis BlériotLouis Blériot
French

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

Hugh Trenchard, 1st Viscount TrenchardHugh Trenchard, 1st Viscount Trenchard
British
Georgy DobrovolskyGeorgy Dobrovolsky
Ukrainian

David McCampbellDavid McCampbell
American

Subroto MukerjeeSubroto Mukerjee
Indian
Yves RossyYves Rossy
Swiss

Roberta CowellRoberta Cowell
British
Vance D. BrandVance D. Brand
American

Georges CarpentierGeorges Carpentier
French

Mirosław HermaszewskiMirosław Hermaszewski
Polish

E. R. BraithwaiteE. R. Braithwaite
Guyanese

Georges GuynemerGeorges Guynemer
French
Sigmund JähnSigmund Jähn
German

Phạm TuânPhạm Tuân
Vietnamese

Hugo EckenerHugo Eckener
German

Charles Portal, 1st Viscount Portal of HungerfordCharles Portal, 1st Viscount Portal of Hungerford
British
Rodger WardRodger Ward
American
Beate Uhse-RotermundBeate Uhse-Rotermund
German

Marcos PontesMarcos Pontes
Brazilian

Forrest BirdForrest Bird
American

Pavel BelyayevPavel Belyayev
Russian
Valery ChkalovValery Chkalov
Russian

Edward GibsonEdward Gibson
American
Pavel PopovichPavel Popovich
Ukrainian

William George BarkerWilliam George Barker
Canadian

Hubert WilkinsHubert Wilkins
Australian
Jean-Loup ChrétienJean-Loup Chrétien
French

Bram van der StokBram van der Stok
Dutch
Vladimír RemekVladimír Remek
Czech

Roland GarrosRoland Garros
French

Alliott Verdon RoeAlliott Verdon Roe
British
Jacqueline AuriolJacqueline Auriol
French

Oswald MorrisOswald Morris
British
Robert Lee Scott Jr.Robert Lee Scott Jr.
American

Diana Barnato WalkerDiana Barnato Walker
British

John SlessorJohn Slessor
British

Bertalan FarkasBertalan Farkas
Hungarian
William PogueWilliam Pogue
American

Dale GardnerDale Gardner
American

Nadezhda PopovaNadezhda Popova
Russian

Carl Ben EielsonCarl Ben Eielson
American

Anatoly KornukovAnatoly Kornukov
Ukrainian, Russian
Arthur Whitten BrownArthur Whitten Brown
Scottish

Betty SkeltonBetty Skelton
American
Ivan BellaIvan Bella
Slovak

Anthony HindsAnthony Hinds
British

Charles Elworthy, Baron ElworthyCharles Elworthy, Baron Elworthy
New Zealander
Chuck StoneChuck Stone
American

Gerhard FieselerGerhard Fieseler
German
Aleksandr Aleksandrovich VolkovAleksandr Aleksandrovich Volkov
Russian

Gennady StrekalovGennady Strekalov
Russian
Keith Macpherson SmithKeith Macpherson Smith
Australian

Andrian NikolayevAndrian Nikolayev
Russian

Albert William StevensAlbert William Stevens
American
Bill BrownBill Brown
Australian

Matiur RahmanMatiur Rahman
Bangladeshi
Alvah Chapman Jr.Alvah Chapman Jr.
American