List of famous male test pilots, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male test pilots list contains the most prominent and top males known for being test pilots. There are thousand of males working as test pilots in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic test pilots have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a test pilot then the people below should give you inspiration.
Guy Gardner and Robert Curbeam are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this listWhile this isn't a list of all male test pilots, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male test pilots?" and "Who are the best male test pilots?"
Neil Alden Armstrong was an American astronaut and the first person to walk on the Moon. He was also an aerospace engineer, naval aviator, test pilot, and university professor. Before becoming an astronaut, Armstrong was an officer in the U.S. Navy and served in the Korean War. After the war, he earned his bachelor's degree at Purdue University and served as a test pilot at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics High-Speed Flight Station, now known as the Dryden Flight Research Center, where he logged over 900 flights. He later completed graduate studies at the University of Southern California. A participant in the U.S. Air Force's Man in Space Soonest and X-20 Dyna-Soar human ...more on Wikipedia
Age: Died at 82 (1930-2012)
Birthplace: Ohio, United States of America
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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 mission, and commanded the Gemini 11 mission. After Apollo, he commanded the Skylab 2 mission, on which he and his crewmates repaired significant launch damage to the Skylab space station. For this, President Jimmy Carter awarded him the Congressional Space Medal of Honor in 1978. ...more on Wikipedia
Age: Died at 69 (1930-1999)
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of Americasee more on Pete Conrad
Virgil Ivan Grissom, better known as Gus Grissom, was one of the original NASA Project Mercury astronauts, test pilot, mechanical engineer, and a United States Air Force pilot. He was the second American to fly in space, and the first member of the NASA Astronaut Corps to fly in space twice. Grissom was killed along with fellow astronauts Ed White and Roger Chaffee during a pre-launch test for the Apollo 1 mission at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. He was the first of the Mercury Seven to die. He was also a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross and, posthumously, the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. ...more on Wikipedia
Age: Died at 41 (1926-1967)
Birthplace: Mitchell, Indiana, United States of Americasee more on Gus Grissom
Alan Bartlett "Al" Shepard, Jr., was an American naval officer and aviator, test pilot, flag officer, one of the original NASA Mercury Seven astronauts, and businessman, who in 1961 became the second person and the first American to travel into space. This Mercury flight was designed to enter space, but not to achieve orbit. Ten years later, at age 47 and the oldest astronaut in the program, Shepard commanded the Apollo 14 mission, piloting the lander to the most accurate landing of the Apollo missions. He became the fifth and oldest person to walk on the Moon, and the only astronaut of the Mercury Seven to walk on the Moon. During the mission, he hit two golf balls on the lunar ...more on Wikipedia
Age: Died at 75 (1923-1998)
Birthplace: Derry, New Hampshire, United States of Americasee more on Alan Shepard