Famous Pilots - List of Famous Pilots

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.

The Most Famous Pilots

NameBirthdayNationalityBio
Valentina TereshkovaMarch 6, 1937RussianValentina Tereshkova a Russian cosmonaut created history when she became the first woman to travel to space
Amelia EarhartJuly 24, 1897AmericanAmelia Earhart was the first American female aviator to fly across the Atlantic Ocean
Pappy BoyingtonDecember 4, 1912AmericanPappy Boyington was an American combat pilot who was active during World War II
Joseph P. Kennedy Jr.July 25, 1915AmericanJoseph P

Amelia Earhart

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

AmericanJuly 24, 1897207 views

Valentina Tereshkova

Valentina Tereshkova a Russian cosmonaut created history when she became the first woman to travel to space

RussianMarch 6, 1937250 views

Pappy Boyington

Pappy Boyington was an American combat pilot who was active during World War II