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List of notable or famous aerospace engineers from the United States, with bios and photos, including the top aerospace engineers born in the United States and even some popular aerospace engineers who immigrated to the United States. If you're trying to find out the names of famous American aerospace engineers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These aerospace engineers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known aerospace engineer from the United States is included when available.

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Abe Silverstein is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 93 (1908-2001) Abraham "Abe" Silverstein was an American engineer who played an important part in the United States space program. He was a longtime manager at the National Aeronautics and Space ...more

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Adolf Busemann is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 85 (1901-1986) Adolph Busemann was a German aerospace engineer and influential Nazi-era pioneer in aerodynamics, specialising in supersonic airflows. He introduced the concept of swept wings, and after ...more

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Alexander P. de Seversky is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 80 (1894-1974) Alexander Nikolaievich Prokofiev de Seversky was a Russian-American aviation pioneer, inventor, and influential advocate of strategic air power.

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Alfred M. Pride is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 91 (1897-1988) Alfred Melville Pride was a United States Navy admiral and pioneer naval aviator, who distinguished himself during World War II as an aircraft carrier commander. He served during the late 1940s ...more

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Allen Paulson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 78 (1922-2000) Allen Eugene Paulson was an American businessman.

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Andrew Mishkin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from the United States
age 60 Andrew Mishkin is a senior systems engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he coordinated the development of various robotic vehicles and their subsystems for more than 15 years. He was ...more

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Anthony Fokker is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 49 (1890-1939) Anton Herman Gerard "Anthony" Fokker was a Dutch aviation pioneer and an aircraft manufacturer. He is most famous for the fighter aircraft he produced in Germany during the First World ...more

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Anton Flettner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 76 (1885-1961) Anton Flettner was a German aviation engineer and inventor. He made important contributions to airplane and helicopter design. He was born in Eddersheim.

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Arthur Emmons Raymond is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 100 (1899-1999) Arthur Emmons Raymond was an aeronautical engineer who led the team that designed the DC-3. Raymond grew up in Pasadena, California, the son of the owner of a luxury hotel. He completed a B.A. ...more

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Arthur Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 90 (1906-1996) Arthur Louis Hugo Rudolph was a rocket engineer who played a key role in the development of the V-2 rocket and a former high-level Nazi given sanctuary by the US government following World War ...more

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Assen Jordanoff is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 71 (1896-1967) Assen "Jerry" Jordanoff born Asen Khristov Yordanov, September 2, 1896, Sofia, Bulgaria – d. October 19, 1967, White Plains, New York was a Bulgarian American inventor, engineer, and ...more

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Bill Lear is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 76 (1902-1978) William Powell "Bill" Lear was an American inventor and businessman. He is best known for founding the Lear Jet Corporation, a manufacturer of business jets. He also invented the ...more

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Bud Sabatino is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from the United States
Bud Sabatino is an actor.

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Charbel Farhat is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from the United States
Charbel Farhat is the Vivian Church Hoff Professor of Aircraft Structures in the School of Engineering at Stanford University, where he is also Chairman of the Department of Aeronautics and ...more

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Compton I. White, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 78 (1920-1998) Compton Ignatius White, Jr. was a two-term congressman from northern Idaho. A Democrat, he was elected to the open seat in the first district in 1962 and re-elected in 1964. White is the last ...more

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David S. Lewis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 86 (1917-2003) David Sloan Lewis, Jr. was an aeronautical engineer who led aerospace and defense giant General Dynamics for 14 years.

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Eberhard Rees is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 90 (1908-1998) Eberhard Friedrich Michael Rees was a German-American rocketry pioneer and the second director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center.

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Edgar Bolden is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 86 (1921-2007) Edgar Bolden was an American fighter aircraft pilot and one of the original Tuskegee Airmen. Bolden died in Portland, Oregon in 2007 at the age of 85.

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Edward J. Ruppelt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 37 (1923-1960) Edward J. Ruppelt was a United States Air Force officer probably best known for his involvement in Project Blue Book, a formal governmental study of unidentified flying objects. He is generally ...more

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Elon Musk is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from the United States
age 46 Elon Reeve Musk is a South African-born, Canadian-American entrepreneur, engineer, inventor and investor. He is the CEO and CTO of SpaceX, CEO and chief product architect of Tesla Motors, and ...more

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Ernst Stuhlinger is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 95 (1913-2008) Ernst Stuhlinger was a German-born American atomic, electrical, and rocket scientist. After being brought to the United States as part of Operation Paperclip, he developed guidance systems with ...more

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Frederick Rentschler is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 69 (1887-1956) Frederick Brant Rentschler was an American aircraft engine designer, aviation engineer, and industrialist. A talented inventor of aviation equipment, Rentschler founded Pratt & Whitney ...more

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Geoffrey A. Landis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from the United States
age 62 Geoffrey Alan Landis is an American scientist, working for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration on planetary exploration, interstellar propulsion, solar power and photovoltaics. He ...more

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George M. Skurla is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 80 (1921-2001) George Martin Skurla graduated from University of Michigan in 1944 and was an aeronautical engineer with Grumman Corporation. He began his career as an apprentice engineer, rising through the ...more

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Glenn Curtiss is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 52 (1878-1930) Glenn Hammond Curtiss was an American aviation pioneer and a founder of the U.S. aircraft industry. He began his career as a bicycle racer and builder before moving on to motorcycles. As early ...more

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Glynn Lunney is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from the United States
age 81 Glynn S. Lunney is a retired NASA engineer. An employee of NASA since its creation in 1958, Lunney was a flight director during the Gemini and Apollo programs, and was on duty during historic ...more

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Greg Bennett is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from the United States
age 68 Greg Bennett is a space flight engineer and science fiction writer. He is the founder of the Artemis Project.

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Guenter Wendt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 87 (1923-2010) Günter F. Wendt was a German-American engineer noted for his work in the U.S. manned spaceflight program. An employee of McDonnell Aircraft and later North American Aviation, he was in ...more

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Gustave Whitehead is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 53 (1874-1927) Gustave Albin Whitehead, born Gustav Albin Weisskopf, was an aviation pioneer who emigrated from Germany to the United States where he designed and built gliders, flying machines and engines ...more

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Hall Hibbard is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 93 (1903-1996) Hall Livingstone Hibbard was an engineer and administrator of the Lockheed Corporation beginning with the company's purchase by a board of investors led by Robert E. Gross in 1932. Born in ...more

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Hans von Ohain is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 87 (1911-1998) Hans Joachim Pabst von Ohain was a German engineer, and designer of the first operational jet engine. His first design ran in March 1937, and it was one of his engines that powered the first ...more

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Hans Ziegler is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 89 (1910-1999) Hans Ziegler was born in Winterthur, Switzerland, on 5 September 1910, and died in Estes Park, Colorado, on 5 August 1985. Hans Ziegler was a respected academic and was the author of a number of ...more

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Homer Hickam is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from the United States
age 75 Homer Hadley Hickam, Jr. is an American author, Vietnam veteran, and a former NASA engineer. His autobiographical novel Rocket Boys: A Memoir, was a No. 1 New York Times Best Seller, is studied ...more

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Howard Head is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 77 (1914-1991) Howard Head was an aeronautical engineer who is credited with the invention of laminate skis and the oversized tennis racket. Head founded the ski making firm Head in 1950. Later he became ...more

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Hugh Robinson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 82 (1881-1963) Hugh Armstrong Robinson was a pioneer in the earliest days of aviation, combining his skills of inventor, pilot, and daredevil. Among other things, he is said to have been the third person to ...more

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Igor Sikorsky is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 83 (1889-1972) Igor Ivanovich Sikorsky, was a Russian American aviation pioneer in both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. He designed and flew the world's first multi-engine fixed-wing aircraft, the Russky ...more

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James Henry Deese is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 87 (1914-2001) James Henry Deese was a NASA manager.

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James R. French is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from the United States
James R. French James R. French is a prominent U.S. aerospace engineer. While working for different NASA contractors during the 1960s, he helped design, develop and test the rocket engines for the Apollo/Saturn ...more

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James Smith McDonnell is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 81 (1899-1980) James Smith "Mac" McDonnell was an American aviator, engineer, and businessman. He was an aviation pioneer and founder of McDonnell Aircraft Corporation, later McDonnell Douglas.

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Jay Greene is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from the United States
Jay H. Greene is a retired NASA engineer. He worked as a FIDO flight controller during the Apollo Program and a flight director from 1982 to 1986, most notably as ascent flight director during ...more

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Jerome Clarke Hunsaker is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 98 (1886-1984) Jerome Clarke Hunsaker was an American airman born in Creston, Iowa, and educated at the Naval Academy and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Jerome F. Lederer is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 102 (1902-2004) Jerome F. Lederer was an American aviation-safety pioneer, known as "Mr. Aviation Safety." He was born in New York City. He received a BSC in mechanical engineering with aeronautical ...more

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John Houbolt is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from the United States
John Houbolt Dec. at 95 (1919-2014) John Cornelius Houbolt was an aerospace engineer credited with leading the team behind the lunar orbit rendezvous mission mode, a concept that was used to successfully land humans on the Moon ...more

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Jordin Kare is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from the United States
age 62 Jordin T. Kare is a physicist and aerospace engineer known for his research on laser propulsion. In particular, he was responsible for Mockingbird, a conceptual design for an extremely small ...more

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Kalpana Chawla is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 41 (1962-2003) Kalpana Chawla was born in Karnal, India. She was the first Indian-American astronaut and first Indian woman in space. She first flew on Space Shuttle Columbia in 1997 as a mission specialist ...more

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Kelly Johnson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 80 (1910-1990) Clarence Leonard "Kelly" Johnson was an American systems engineer and aeronautical innovator. He earned renown for his contributions to many noteworthy aircraft designs, especially the ...more

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Konrad Dannenberg is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 97 (1912-2009) Konrad Dannenberg was a German-American rocket pioneer and member of the German rocket team brought to the United States after World War II.

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Krafft Arnold Ehricke is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 67 (1917-1984) Krafft Arnold Ehricke was a German rocket-propulsion engineer and advocate for space colonization.

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Leonard S. Hobbs is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 81 (1896-1977) Leonard S. Hobbs was an American aeronautical engineer who started in 1920 with the Army Air Service at McCook Field in Dayton, Ohio and later worked for Stromberg Motor Devices Corporation. He ...more

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Liviu Librescu is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Aerospace Engineers from the United States
Dec. at 77 (1930-2007) Liviu Librescu was a Romanian-born Israeli scientist and engineer. He was a professor whose major research fields were aeroelasticity and aerodynamics. A prominent academic in addition to being ...more