Famous Aviators - List of Famous Aviators

Aviators are the pilots of an airplane or other aircraft. A career in aviation is today considered to be a highly glamorous one, but just decades ago it was a dangerous field to venture into. Several aviation pioneers had lost their lives in their attempts to contribute to aircraft design, navigation and advancement of flight. The Wright brothers, no doubt, are among the first ones we think of while talking of aviators. Together they invented the aeronautical concept of three-axis control and made the first powered, controlled, and sustained flight possible. Gustave Albin Whitehead, another aviation pioneer gained much fame for designing and building gliders, flying machines and engines. He also claimed to have flown a powered flying machine prior to the Wright brothers though this claim is disputed. In the first half of the 20th century when aviation was predominantly a male-centric field, Amelia Mary Earhart became the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Jacqueline Cochran was another noted female aviator who made an important contribution to the formation of Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). This section provides you information about the life and works of famous aviators from all over the globe.

The Most Famous Aviators

NameBirthdayNationalityBio
Dieter DenglerMay 22, 1938AmericanDieter Dengler was a German-born United States Navy aviator who was the first captured U.S
Chuck YeagerFebruary 13, 1923AmericanChuck Yeager is a retired brigadier general who became the first pilot to officially break the sound barrier
Howard HughesDecember 24, 1905AmericanHoward Hughes was an American aviator, business tycoon, philanthropist and also a film maker
Bessie ColemanJanuary 26, 1892AmericanBessie Coleman was an American civil aviator who became the first female African-American pilot with a flight license
Amelia EarhartJuly 24, 1897AmericanAmelia Earhart was the first American female aviator to fly across the Atlantic Ocean
Alan ShepardNovember 18, 1923AmericanAlan Shepard was the first American to travel into space
Harry HoudiniMarch 24, 1874HungarianHungarian-born Harry Houdini was a legendary magician, famous for his exceptional escape stunts
Charles LindberghFebruary 4, 1902AmericanCharles Lindbergh was an award winning American aviator, inventor and author
Orville WrightAugust 19, 1871AmericanOrville Wight along with his brother Wilbur Wright is credited for creating the first ever successful airplane
Antoine de Saint-ExuperyJune 29, 1900FrenchAntoine de Saint-Exupery was a French aviator and writer who is best remembered for his novella ‘The Little Prince’

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Antoine de Saint-Exupery was a French aviator and writer who is best remembered for his novella ‘The Little Prince’

FrenchJune 29, 1900157 views

Jean Batten

Jean Gardner Batten was a remarkable aviator from New Zealand

Charles Kingsford Smith

Sir Charles Kingsford Smith was a renowned Australian aviator

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart was the first American female aviator to fly across the Atlantic Ocean

AmericanJuly 24, 1897207 views

Muhammed Faris

Muhammed Faris is an astronaut and the first Syrian to fly into space

SyrianMay 26, 1951143 views

John McCain

John McCain was an American politician who served as the senior Senator from Arizona

AmericanAugust 29, 1936120 views

Harry Houdini

Hungarian-born Harry Houdini was a legendary magician, famous for his exceptional escape stunts

HungarianMarch 24, 1874197 views

Orville Wright

Orville Wight along with his brother Wilbur Wright is credited for creating the first ever successful airplane

AmericanAugust 19, 1871171 views

J. R. D. Tata

J.R.D.Tata was an Indian businessman and aviator who founded TCS, Tata Motors and Air India

IndianJuly 29, 1904147 views

Howard Hughes

Howard Hughes was an American aviator, business tycoon, philanthropist and also a film maker

AmericanDecember 24, 1905251 views