Famous Aviators - List of Famous Aviators - page 2

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
Alan ShepardNovember 18, 1923AmericanAlan Shepard was the first American to travel into space
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
Charles LindberghFebruary 4, 1902AmericanCharles Lindbergh was an award winning American aviator, inventor and author
Amelia EarhartJuly 24, 1897AmericanAmelia Earhart was the first American female aviator to fly across the Atlantic Ocean
Harry HoudiniMarch 24, 1874HungarianHungarian-born Harry Houdini was a legendary magician, famous for his exceptional escape stunts
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’
Alan Shepard

Alan Shepard

Alan Shepard was the first American to travel into space

AmericanNovember 18, 1923323 views

George H. W. Bush

George Herbert Walker Bush was the 41st President of the United States

AmericanJune 12, 1924108 views

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Anne Morrow Lindbergh was an American author and aviator

AmericanJune 22, 1906138 views

Wilbur Wright

Wilbur Wright was an American aviation pioneer who along with his brother Orville developed the world’s first successful airplane

AmericanApril 16, 1867151 views

Alberto Santos Dumont

Alberto Santos Dumont was a Brazilian aviation pioneer who designed, built, and flew the first practical dirigible

BrazilianJuly 20, 1873144 views

Bessie Coleman

Bessie Coleman was an American civil aviator who became the first female African-American pilot with a flight license

AmericanJanuary 26, 1892239 views

Dieter Dengler

Dieter Dengler was a German-born United States Navy aviator who was the first captured U.S

AmericanMay 22, 1938778 views

Chuck Yeager

Chuck Yeager is a retired brigadier general who became the first pilot to officially break the sound barrier

AmericanFebruary 13, 1923416 views

Charles Lindbergh

Charles Lindbergh was an award winning American aviator, inventor and author