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Famous Aviators from France

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List of notable or famous aviators from France, with bios and photos, including the top aviators born in France and even some popular aviators who immigrated to France. If you're trying to find out the names of famous French 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 France is included when available.

This list includes John F. Kennedy, Jr., François Denhaut and more people.

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

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    Adolphe Célestin Pégoud (13 June 1889 – 31 August 1915) was a French aviator and flight instructor who became the first fighter ace in history during World War I....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 26 (1889-1915)
    • Birthplace: Montferrat, Isère, France
    • Gender: Male
  • Antoine Marie Jean-Baptiste Roger, comte de Saint-Exupéry, simply known as Saint-Exupéry (French: [ɑ̃twan də sɛ̃tɛɡzypeʁi]; 29 June 1900 – 31 July 1944), was a French writer, poet, aristocrat, journalist and pioneering aviator. He became a laureate of several of France's highest literary awards and also won the United States National Book Award. He is best remembered for his novella The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince) and for his lyrical aviation writings, including Wind, Sand and Stars and Night Flight. Saint-Exupéry was a successful commercial pilot before World War II, working airmail routes in Europe, Africa and South America. At the outbreak of war, he joined the French Air Force...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 44 (1900-1944)
    • Birthplace: Lyon, France
    • Gender: Male

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    François Coli

    François Coli (June 5, 1881 – presumably on or after May 8, 1927) was a French pilot and navigator best known as the one-eyed flying partner of Charles Nungesser in their doomed, fatal attempt to achieve the first transatlantic flight....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 46 (1881-1927)
    • Birthplace: Marseille, France
    • Gender: Male
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    François Denhaut (1877–1952) was a French aviator notable for designing, constructing and flying the first flying boat in 1912....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 71 (1881-1952)
    • Birthplace: Champagnat, Creuse, France
    • Gender: Male