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List of famous aviators, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top aviators in the world? This includes the most prominent aviators, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable aviators is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic aviators 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 aviators.

Items here include everything from George Bush to Harrison Ford.

From reputable, prominent, and well known aviators to the lesser known aviators of today, these are some of the best professionals in the aviator field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous aviators ever?" and "What are the names of famous aviators?" then you're in the right place. (1004 items)

George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Aviators
George Walker Bush is an American politician and businessman who served as the 43rd President of the United States from 2001 to 2009, and the 46th Governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000. The eldest ...more

Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Aviators
Harrison Ford is an American actor and film producer. He gained worldwide fame for his starring roles as Han Solo in the original Star Wars epic space opera trilogy and the title character of ...more

Phil McGraw is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Aviators
Phillip Calvin "Phil" McGraw, known as Dr. Phil, is an American television personality, author, psychologist, and the host of the television show Dr. Phil, which debuted in 2002. ...more

Terry Deitz is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Aviators
Terry Deitz is a retired U.S. Navy pilot, television host, and 3rd place finisher on the twelfth season of the American reality television show Survivor. He is currently a commercial airline ...more

Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Aviators
Morgan Freeman is an American actor, film director, and narrator. Freeman has received Academy Award nominations for his performances in Street Smart, Driving Miss Daisy, The Shawshank ...more

James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Aviators
James Maitland "Jimmy" Stewart was an American film and stage actor, known for his distinctive drawl voice and down-to-earth persona. Over the course of his career, he starred in many ...more

Craig Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Aviators
Craig Ferguson is a Scottish-born American television host, stand-up comedian, writer, actor, director, author, producer and voice artist. He was the host of The Late Late Show with Craig ...more

Howard Hughes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Aviators
Howard Robard Hughes, Jr. was an American business tycoon, investor, aviator, aerospace engineer, inventor, filmmaker and philanthropist. During his lifetime, he was one of the wealthiest people ...more

Amelia Earhart is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Aviators
Amelia Mary Earhart was an American aviation pioneer and author. Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She received the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross for ...more

Harry Houdini is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Aviators
Harry Houdini was a Hungarian-American illusionist and stunt performer, noted for his sensational escape acts. He first attracted notice in vaudeville in the US and then as "Harry Handcuff ...more

John McCain is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Aviators
John Sidney McCain III was an American politician and naval officer who served as a United States Senator from Arizona from 1987 until his death. He previously served two terms in the United ...more

Mark-Paul Gosselaar is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Aviators
Mark-Paul Harry Gosselaar is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as Zack Morris in NBC's Saved by the Bell, Good Morning, Miss Bliss, and Saved by the Bell: The College Years; ...more

John Denver is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Aviators
Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr., known professionally as John Denver, was an American singer-songwriter, actor, activist and humanitarian, whose greatest commercial success was as a solo singer, ...more

Buzz Aldrin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Aviators
Buzz Aldrin is an American engineer and former astronaut, and the second person to walk on the Moon. He was the Lunar Module Pilot on Apollo 11, the first manned lunar landing in history. He set ...more

John F. Kennedy, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Aviators
John Fitzgerald Kennedy Jr., often referred to as JFK Jr. or John-John in the press, was an American lawyer, journalist, and magazine publisher. He was the only surviving son of U.S. President ...more

Hunter Ellis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Aviators
Hunter Ellis is an American television personality. A former naval aviator, he was first noted for his participation in the Survivor Television series before going on to host several television ...more

Charles Lindbergh is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Aviators
Charles Augustus Lindbergh, nicknamed Slim, Lucky Lindy, and The Lone Eagle, was an American aviator, author, inventor, military officer, explorer, and social activist. As a 25-year-old U.S. Air ...more

Ron Garvin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Aviators
Ron Garvin is a wrestler, professional wrestling referee, actor and aviator.

James Lipton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Aviators
James Lipton is an American writer, composer, actor and dean emeritus of the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University in New York City. He is the executive producer, writer and host of the ...more

Pete Conrad is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Aviators
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 ...more

Jack Palance is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Aviators
Jack Palance was an American actor. During half a century of film and television appearances, Palance was nominated for three Academy Awards, all for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, winning in ...more

Gene Roddenberry is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Aviators
Eugene Wesley "Gene" Roddenberry was an American television screenwriter, producer, populistic philosopher, satirist, and futurist. He is best remembered for having created the ...more

Alan Shepard is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Aviators
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 ...more

Neal Boortz is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Aviators
Neal A Boortz, Jr. is an American author, attorney, and former radio host. His nationally syndicated talk show, The Neal Boortz Show, which ended in 2013, was carried throughout the United ...more

Jake Pavelka is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Aviators
Jacob Lynn "Jake" Pavelka is an American pilot who appeared on six reality TV programs, most notably The Bachelor.

Ted Williams is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Aviators
Theodore Samuel "Ted" Williams was an American Major League Baseball left fielder, and later manager. Williams played his entire 19-year major league career for the Boston Red Sox from ...more

Bessie Coleman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Aviators
Elizabeth "Bessie" Coleman was an American civil aviator. She was the first female pilot of African American descent and the first person of African-American descent to hold an ...more

Rajiv Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Aviators
Rajiv Ratna Gandhi was the seventh Prime Minister of India, serving from 1984 to 1989. He took office after the 1984 assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, his mother, to become the ...more

Robert Zemeckis is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Aviators
Robert Lee Zemeckis is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. Zemeckis first came to public attention in the 1980s as the director and creator of the science fiction comedy Back ...more

Guion Bluford is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Aviators
Dr. Guion Stewart “Guy” Bluford, Jr., is an engineer, NASA astronaut, and the first African American in space. Before becoming an astronaut, Bluford was a Colonel in the U.S. Air Force. He ...more

G. Gordon Liddy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Aviators
George Gordon Battle Liddy, better known as G. Gordon Liddy is a convicted felon and retired American lawyer best known as the chief operative in the White House Plumbers unit that existed from ...more

Kalpana Chawla is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Aviators
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

Arthur Godfrey is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Aviators
Arthur Morton Godfrey was an American radio and television broadcaster and entertainer who was sometimes introduced by his nickname, The Old Redhead. No TV personality in 1950s America enjoyed ...more

Wally Schirra is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Aviators
Walter Marty "Wally" Schirra, Jr., was an American naval officer and aviator, aeronautical engineer, test pilot, and one of the original seven astronauts chosen for Project Mercury, ...more

Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Aviators
Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr. was a United States Air Force officer and the first African-American astronaut.

Bruce Dickinson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Aviators
Paul Bruce Dickinson, known professionally as Bruce Dickinson, is an English musician, airline pilot, and broadcaster. He is best known as the lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. ...more

Jake Garn is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Aviators
Edwin Jacob "Jake" Garn is an American politician, a member of the Republican Party, and served as a U.S. Senator representing Utah from 1974 to 1993. Garn became the first sitting ...more

Lois Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Aviators
Lois Hamilton was an American model, author, aviator, artist and actress.

Alexander P. de Seversky is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Aviators
Alexander Nikolaievich Prokofiev de Seversky was a Russian-American aviation pioneer, inventor, and influential advocate of strategic air power.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Aviators
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, officially Antoine Marie Jean-Baptiste Roger, comte de Saint Exupéry was a French aristocrat, writer, poet, and pioneering aviator. He became a laureate ...more

Valentina Tereshkova is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Aviators
Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova is the first woman to have flown in space, having been selected from more than four hundred applicants and five finalists to pilot Vostok 6 on 16 June 1963. In ...more

Dennis Weaver is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Aviators
William Dennis Weaver was an American actor who was best known for his work in television. Weaver's two most notable roles were as Marshal Matt Dillon's trusty helper Chester Goode on the ...more

Graham Hill is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Aviators
Norman Graham Hill OBE was a British racing driver and team owner from England, who was twice Formula One World Champion. He is the only driver ever to win the Triple Crown of Motorsport—the 24 ...more

Charles Kingsford Smith is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Aviators
Sir Charles Edward Kingsford Smith MC, AFC, often called by his nickname Smithy, was an early Australian aviator. In 1928, he earned global fame when he made the first trans-Pacific flight from ...more

Mike Vogel is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Aviators
Michael James "Mike" Vogel is an American actor and former model. Vogel began acting in 2001, and has since appeared in several films and series, including The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, ...more

Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Aviators
Lieutenant Joseph Patrick "Joe" Kennedy, Jr. was a junior officer in the United States Navy, a Naval Aviator, and a land-based patrol bomber pilot during World War II. He was the ...more

Bert Hinkler is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Aviators
Herbert John Louis Hinkler AFC DSM, better known as Bert Hinkler, was a pioneer Australian aviator and inventor. He designed and built early aircraft before being the first person to fly solo ...more

Bud Spencer is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Aviators
Bud Spencer is an Italian actor, filmmaker and a former professional swimmer. He is known for past roles in action-comedy films together with his long-time film partner Terence Hill. Growing ...more

Philippe Perrin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Aviators
Philippe Perrin is a French test pilot and former CNES and European Space Agency astronaut.

Reginald Denny is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Aviators
Reginald Denny was an English stage, film and television actor as well as an aviator and UAV pioneer. He was once an amateur boxing champion of Great Britain.