List of Famous Aviators People

List of Famous Aviators

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List of famous aviators, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top aviators in the world? This includes the most prominent aviators, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable aviators is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic aviators were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned aviators.

Items here include everything from George Bush to Harrison Ford.

From reputable, prominent, and well known aviators to the lesser known aviators of today, these are some of the best professionals in the aviator field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous aviators ever?" and "What are the names of famous aviators?" then you're in the right place. (1004 items)

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    George Walker Bush is an American politician and businessman who served as the 43rd President of the United States from 2001 to 2009, and the 46th Governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000. The eldest son of Barbara and George H. W. Bush, he was born in New Haven, Connecticut. After graduating from Yale ...more

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    • Age: age 69
    • Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, USA
    • Profession: Pilot, Public speaker, Businessperson, Politician, Author, + more
    • Credits: 102 Minutes That Changed America, Rush to War, Thank You, Mr. President: Helen Thomas at the White House
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    Harrison Ford is an American actor and film producer. He gained worldwide fame for his starring roles as Han Solo in the original Star Wars epic space opera trilogy and the title character of the Indiana Jones film series. Ford is also known for his roles as Rick Deckard in the 1982 neo-noir dystopian ...more

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    • Age: age 73
    • Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois
    • Profession: Pilot, Film Producer, Carpenter, Actor
    • Credits: Star Wars, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Blade Runner, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Apocalypse Now, + more
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    Phillip Calvin "Phil" McGraw, known as Dr. Phil, is an American television personality, author, psychologist, and the host of the television show Dr. Phil, which debuted in 2002. McGraw first gained celebrity status with appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show in the late 1990s.more

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    • Age: age 65
    • Birthplace: Vinita, Oklahoma, United States of America
    • Profession: Pilot, Television producer, Psychologist, Film Producer, Author, + more
    • Credits: Scary Movie 4, Dr. Phil, Madea Goes to Jail, Love the Beast, Wonder Woman, + more
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    Terry Deitz is a retired U.S. Navy pilot, television host, and 3rd place finisher on the twelfth season of the American reality television show Survivor. He is currently a commercial airline pilot and host of Great Planes on the Military Channel.more

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    • Age: age 56
    • Birthplace: Matawan, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Pilot, Presenter
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    Morgan Freeman is an American actor, film director, and narrator. Freeman has received Academy Award nominations for his performances in Street Smart, Driving Miss Daisy, The Shawshank Redemption and Invictus, and won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 2005 for Million Dollar Baby. He has also won a ...more

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    • Age: age 78
    • Birthplace: Tennessee, USA, Memphis
    • Profession: Businessperson, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting, + more
    • Credits: The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins, The Shawshank Redemption, Seven, + more
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    James Maitland "Jimmy" Stewart was an American film and stage actor, known for his distinctive drawl voice and down-to-earth persona. Over the course of his career, he starred in many films widely considered classics. He was known for portraying the American middle class man with everyday life ...more

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    • Age: Died at 89 (1908-1997)
    • Birthplace: USA, Indiana, Pennsylvania
    • Profession: Pilot, Television director, Military Officer, Actor
    • Credits: It's a Wonderful Life, Vertigo, Rear Window, The Philadelphia Story, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, + more
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    Craig Ferguson is a Scottish-born American television host, stand-up comedian, writer, actor, director, author, producer and voice artist. He was the host of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, an Emmy Award-nominated, Peabody Award-winning late-night talk show that aired on CBS from 2005 to 2014.more

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    • Age: age 53
    • Birthplace: United Kingdom
    • Profession: Pilot, Talk show host, Comedian, Novelist, Film Producer, + more
    • Credits: Brave, How to Train Your Dragon, Kick-Ass, Winnie the Pooh, How to Train Your Dragon 2, + more
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    Howard Robard Hughes, Jr. was an American business tycoon, investor, aviator, aerospace engineer, inventor, filmmaker and philanthropist. During his lifetime, he was one of the wealthiest people in the world. As a maverick film tycoon, Hughes gained prominence in Hollywood from the late 1920s, making ...more

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    • Age: Died at 71 (1905-1976)
    • Birthplace: Humble, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Pilot, Investor, Entrepreneur, Film Producer, Philanthropist, + more
    • Credits: Scarface, The Outlaw, The Conqueror, Hell's Angels, Jet Pilot, + more
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    Amelia Earhart
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    Amelia Mary Earhart was an American aviation pioneer and author. Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She received the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross for this record. She set many other records, wrote best-selling books about her flying experiences and was ...more

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    • Birthplace: Atchison, Kansas, United States of America
    • Profession: Pilot, Writer
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    Harry Houdini was a Hungarian-American illusionist and stunt performer, noted for his sensational escape acts. He first attracted notice in vaudeville in the US and then as "Harry Handcuff Houdini" on a tour of Europe, where he challenged police forces to keep him locked up. Soon he extended his ...more

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    • Age: Died at 52 (1874-1926)
    • Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
    • Profession: Pilot, Stunt Performer, Historian, Film Producer, Actor, + more
    • Credits: The Grim Game, Haldane of the Secret Service, The Man from Beyond, Terror Island, The Golden Twenties
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    John McCain
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    John Sidney McCain III is the senior United States Senator from Arizona. He was the Republican presidential nominee in the 2008 United States presidential election. McCain followed his father and grandfather, both four-star admirals, into the United States Navy, graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in ...more

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    • Age: age 79
    • Birthplace: Coco Solo
    • Profession: Pilot, Statesman, Politician, Military Officer, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: Wedding Crashers
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    Mark-Paul Gosselaar
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    Mark-Paul Harry Gosselaar is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as Zack Morris in NBC's Saved by the Bell, Good Morning, Miss Bliss, and Saved by the Bell: The College Years; Detective John Clark in ABC's NYPD Blue, Jerry Kellerman in TNT's Raising the Bar, and Peter Bash in the TNT ...more

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    • Age: age 41
    • Birthplace: Panorama City, Los Angeles, California, USA
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: Saved by the Bell, NYPD Blue, Franklin & Bash, Saved by the Bell: The College Years, Dead Man on Campus, + more
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    John Denver
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    Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr., known professionally as John Denver, was an American singer-songwriter, actor, activist and humanitarian, whose greatest commercial success was as a solo singer, starting in the 1970s. He was one of the most popular acoustic artists of the decade and one of its ...more

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    • Age: Died at 54 (1943-1997)
    • Birthplace: Chaves County, New Mexico, United States of America, United States, with Territories, + more
    • Profession: Pilot, Record producer, Poet, Guitarist, Songwriter, + more
    • Credits: Oh, God!, Mickey's Christmas Carol, John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together, Take Me Home: The John Denver Story, + more
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    Buzz Aldrin
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    Buzz Aldrin is an American engineer and former astronaut, and the second person to walk on the Moon. He was the Lunar Module Pilot on Apollo 11, the first manned lunar landing in history. He set foot on the Moon at 03:15:16 on July 21, 1969, following mission commander Neil Armstrong. He is also a ...more

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    • Age: age 85
    • Birthplace: Glen Ridge, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Pilot, Astronaut, Author, Actor, Writer, + more
    • Credits: The Simpsons, Dancing with the Stars, For All Mankind, When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions, Fly Me to the Moon, + more
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    John Fitzgerald Kennedy Jr., often referred to as JFK Jr. or John-John in the press, was an American lawyer, journalist, and magazine publisher. He was the only surviving son of U.S. President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, and younger brother of Caroline Kennedy. His father ...more

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    • Age: Died at 39 (1960-1999)
    • Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America
    • Profession: Pilot, Businessperson, Journalist, Actor, Writer, + more
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    Hunter Ellis is an American television personality. A former naval aviator, he was first noted for his participation in the Survivor Television series before going on to host several television shows for the History Channel, including Tactical to Practical; Man, Moment, Machine; and Digging for the ...more

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    • Age: age 47
    • Birthplace: Virginia, United States of America
    • Profession: Pilot, Actor, Presenter
    • Credits: Digging for the Truth, In Harm's Way, Man, Moment, Machine, + more
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    Charles Lindbergh
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    Charles Augustus Lindbergh, nicknamed Slim, Lucky Lindy, and The Lone Eagle, was an American aviator, author, inventor, military officer, explorer, and social activist. As a 25-year-old U.S. Air Mail pilot, Lindbergh emerged suddenly from virtual obscurity to instantaneous world fame as the result of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1902-1974)
    • Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
    • Profession: Pilot, Inventor, Author, Peace activist, Explorer, + more
    • Credits: Charles A. Lindbergh: Hero of the Air
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    Ron Garvin is a wrestler, professional wrestling referee, actor and aviator.more

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    • Age: age 70
    • Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
    • Profession: Pilot, Wrestler, Actor, Professional Wrestling Referee
    • Credits: Saturday Night's Main Event, WCW WorldWide, AWA All-Star Wrestling, WWE: Survivor Series 1989, Night of the Legends
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    James Lipton is an American writer, composer, actor and dean emeritus of the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University in New York City. He is the executive producer, writer and host of the Bravo cable television series Inside the Actors Studio, which debuted in 1994. He is a Chevalier of France's ...more

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    • Age: age 89
    • Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Detroit
    • Profession: Pilot, Television producer, Screenwriter, Choreographer, Actor, + more
    • Credits: The Simpsons, Bolt, Bewitched, Another World, Capitol, + more
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    Pete Conrad
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    Charles "Pete" Conrad, Jr., was an American naval officer and aviator, aeronautical engineer, test pilot, and NASA astronaut, and during the Apollo 12 mission became the third man to walk on the Moon. He set an eight-day space endurance record along with his Command Pilot Gordon Cooper on the Gemini 5 ...more

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    • Age: Died at 69 (1930-1999)
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Pilot, Astronaut, Actor
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