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List of Famous Aerobatic Pilots

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List of famous aerobatic pilots, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top aerobatic pilots in the world? This includes the most prominent aerobatic pilots, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable aerobatic pilots is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic aerobatic pilots were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned aerobatic pilots.

These people, like Adolphe Pegoud and Scott Manning include images when available.

From reputable, prominent, and well known aerobatic pilots to the lesser known aerobatic pilots of today, these are some of the best professionals in the aerobatic pilot field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous aerobatic pilots ever?" and "What are the names of famous aerobatic pilots?" then you're in the right place. {#nodes}
  • Arthur Everett Scholl (December 24, 1931 – September 16, 1985) was an American aerobatic pilot, aerial cameraman, flight instructor and educator based in Riverside, Southern California. He died during the filming of Top Gun when his Pitts S-2 camera plane failed to recover from a spin and plunged into the Pacific Ocean. Scholl, 53, had entered the spin intentionally in order to capture it on film using on-board cameras. Observers watched the plane continue to spin as it descended past the planned recovery altitude. Scholl's last words over the radio were "I have a problem — I have a real problem", after which the plane impacted the ocean about five miles off the coast, near Carlsbad,...  more
  • Nancy Lynn

    Nancy A. Lynn (c. 1956–October 14, 2006) was an entrepreneur, public speaker, actress, and an aerobatic pilot and flight instructor. A graduate of Denison University, Lynn owned and operated Lynn Aviation, an aerobatic flight school located at the Bay Bridge Airport in Stevensville, Maryland with her husband Scott Muntean and son Pete. ...  more
  • Cecilia Rodriguez Aragon (born ca. 1960) is an American computer scientist, professor, and champion aerobatic pilot who is best known as the co-inventor (with Raimund Seidel) of the treap data structure, a type of binary search tree that orders nodes by adding a priority as well as a key to each node. She is also known for her work in data-intensive science and visual analytics of very large data sets, for which she received the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)....  more
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    Patty Wagstaff (née Patricia Rosalie Kearns Combs; born September 11, 1951) is an American aviator and U.S. national aerobatic champion. Wagstaff was introduced to aviation as a child; her father was a pilot for Japan Airlines. After graduating from high school in California, she moved to Australia for five years where she traveled up the west coast of Australia in a small single-engine boat with no radio. After moving to Alaska in 1978, she worked for the Bristol Bay Native Association in Dillingham, Alaska where she started taking flying lessons and began her own career as a pilot. Her first flight in a small airplane in the Alaskan bush ended in a crash and that was when she decided to...  more