Famous Aviators from Australia

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

This list is made up of many different people, including Charles Kingsford Smith and Linda Corbould.

This historic aviators from Australia list can help answer the questions "Who are some Australian aviators of note?" and "Who are the most famous aviators from Australia?" These prominent aviators of Australia may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Australian aviators.

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  • Sir Charles Edward Kingsford Smith, MC, AFC (9 February 1897 – 8 November 1935), often called by his nickname Smithy, was an early Australian aviator. In 1928, he made the first trans-Pacific flight from the United States to Australia. He also made the first non-stop crossing of the Australian mainland, the first flights between Australia and New Zealand, and the first eastward Pacific crossing from Australia to the United States; and, also, made a flight from Australia to London, setting a new record of 10.5 days.
    • Age: Dec. at 38 (1897-1935)
    • Birthplace: Hamilton, Australia
  • Charles Thomas Philippe Ulm AFC (18 October 1898 — 3 December 1934) was a pioneer Australian aviator.
    • Age: Dec. at 36 (1898-1934)
    • Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
  • Richard Lucas "Dick" Estens (born 1949 in Gilgandra, New South Wales) is an Australian cotton farmer and businessman.
    • Age: 74
    • Birthplace: Gilgandra, Australia
  • Dick Smith

    Richard Harold Smith (born 18 March 1944) is an Australian record-breaking aviator, philanthropist, political activist and serial entrepreneur. He holds a number of aviation world records and was the founder of Dick Smith Electronics, Dick Smith Foods and Australian Geographic. He was selected as the 1986 Australian of the Year. In 2010, he founded the media production company Smith&Nasht with the intention of producing films about global issues. In 2015, he was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia, and is a fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.
    • Age: 78
    • Birthplace: Roseville, Sydney, Australia
  • Elise Rechichi OAM (born 11 January 1986) is an Australian sailor from Perth, Western Australia. Rechichi and crewmate Tessa Parkinson represented Australia in the 470 class at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Qingdao, Shandong, China, winning the Gold Medal. She was an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder.
    • Age: 37
    • Birthplace: Perth, Australia
  • Geoffrey Forrest Hughes

    Geoffrey Forrest Hughes MC, AFC was an Australian aviator and flying ace of the First World War. He was credited with 11 aerial victories, and won a Military Cross for his valour. After a postwar award of the Air Force Cross, he returned to Australia and completed university. He became a businessman and a solicitor in the family law firm while retaining his interests in aviation. From 1925 through 1934, he was president of the Royal Australian Aero Club, and largely responsible for government support of the club. Despite his business concerns, he returned to military duty during the Second World War. He commanded an aviation training school and rose to the rank of group captain before ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 56 (1895-1951)
    • Birthplace: Darling Point, Australia