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7 Athletes Who Are Pilots 

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Updated May 31, 2019 8.8k views 7 items

These athletes are ready for takeoff! Make sure your setback and tray table are in their upright, locked position, because these professional athletes are also pilots. Several famous NFL players, race car drivers, and MLB stars have their silver wings. Some of these athletes own private jets, while others learned to fly helicopters. One famous driver even flies himself to important matches and events.

Who is the most famous athlete who is a pilot? Tom Brady tops our list. In 2009, Tom Brady's wife Gisele Bündchen began training for her helicopter pilot's license. Brady reportedly followed suit and the couple plans to use helicopters to promote alternative sources for jet fuel. Tony Stewart reportedly has a pilot's license. He also has a private jet. Greg Biffle is a pilot. He owns several aircrafts including a Cessna 210, a Dassault Falcon 50, a Dassault Falcon 10 and a Bell 206.

Driver Matt Kenseth learned to fly planes during the NASCAR off-season. He has been known to fly himself to important events. In 2006, Cory Lidle was flying a plane alongside his co-pilot/flight instructor Tyler Stanger, when he crashed into a New York apartment building. Both men died in the accident.

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Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 7 Athletes Who Are Pilots
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In 2009, Tom Brady's wife Gisele Bündchen began training for her helicopter pilot's license. Brady reportedly followed suit and the couple plans to use helicopters to promote alternative sources for jet fuel.

Age: 42

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: San Mateo, California, United States of America

Teams: New England Patriots, Michigan Wolverines football

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Tony Stewart is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 7 Athletes Who Are Pilots
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Tony Stewart reportedly has a pilot's license. He also has a private jet.

Age: 48

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Columbus, Indiana, United States of America

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Cory Lidle is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 7 Athletes Who Are Pilots
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In 2006, Cory Lidle was flying a plane alongside his co-pilot/flight instructor Tyler Stanger, when he crashed into a New York apartment building. Both men died in the accident.

Age: Dec. at 34 (1972-2006)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Teams: New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Mets, Toronto Blue Jays, Cincinnati Reds, + more

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Alexei Kovalev is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 7 Athletes Who Are Pilots
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Alexei Kovalev is a licensed airplane pilot and owns his own plane.

Age: 46

Nationality: Russia

Birthplace: Tolyatti, Russia