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

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From reputable, prominent, and well known fighter pilots to the lesser known fighter pilots of today, these are some of the best professionals in the fighter pilot field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous fighter pilots ever?" and "What are the names of famous fighter pilots?" then you're in the right place. (99 items)

John McCain is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Fighter Pilots
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

Bob Barker is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Fighter Pilots
Robert William "Bob" Barker is an American former television game show host. He is best known for hosting CBS's The Price Is Right from 1972 to 2007, making it the longest-running ...more

Buzz Aldrin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Fighter Pilots
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

Prince Andrew, Duke of York is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Fighter Pilots
Prince Andrew, Duke of York KG GCVO CD ADC, is the second son and third child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. At the time of his birth, he was second in the line of ...more

Walter Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Fighter Pilots
Ronnie Walter Cunningham, better known as Walt Cunningham, is a retired American astronaut. In 1968, he was the Lunar Module Pilot on the Apollo 7 mission. He was NASA's third civilian ...more

William Anders is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Fighter Pilots
William Alison "Bill" Anders, is a former United States Air Force officer, nuclear engineer, NASA astronaut, and businessman. He is, along with Apollo 8 crewmates Frank Borman and Jim ...more

Alexey Leonov is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Fighter Pilots
Alexey Arkhipovich Leonov is a retired Soviet/Russian cosmonaut and Air Force Major General. On 18 March 1965, he became the first human to conduct extra-vehicular activity, exiting the capsule ...more

Philippe Perrin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Fighter Pilots
Philippe Perrin is a French test pilot and former CNES and European Space Agency astronaut.

James van Hoften is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Fighter Pilots
James Dougal Adrianus "Ox" van Hoften is a former NASA Astronaut.

Jon McBride is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Fighter Pilots
Jon Andrew McBride is retired United States Navy officer and a former NASA astronaut.

Eric Boe is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Fighter Pilots
Eric Allen Boe is a United States Air Force fighter pilot Colonel, test pilot and a NASA astronaut. He flew as the pilot of Space Shuttle missions STS-126 and STS-133.

Scott D. Altman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Fighter Pilots
Scott Douglas "Scooter" Altman is a United States Navy Captain test pilot and former NASA astronaut. He is a veteran of four Space Shuttle missions. His fourth mission on STS-125 was ...more

Ilan Ramon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Fighter Pilots
Ilan Ramon was an Israeli fighter pilot in the Israeli Air Force, and later the first Israeli astronaut for NASA. Ramon was the space shuttle payload specialist of STS-107, the fatal mission of ...more

Jean-Loup Chrétien is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Fighter Pilots
Jean-Loup Jacques Marie Chrétien is a French retired Général de Brigade in the Armée de l'Air, and a former CNES spationaut. He flew on two Franco-Soviet space ...more

Patrick Baudry is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Fighter Pilots
Patrick Pierre Roger Baudry, is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the French Air Force and a former CNES astronaut. In 1985, he became the second French citizen in space, after Jean-Loup ...more

Pavel Belyayev is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Fighter Pilots
Pavel Ivanovich Belyayev, was a Soviet fighter pilot with extensive experience in piloting different types of aircraft. He was the first commander of the cosmonaut corps and the cosmonaut who ...more

Marcos Pontes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Fighter Pilots
Marcos Cesar Pontes is a Brazilian Air Force pilot and AEB astronaut. He became the first Brazilian and the first Lusophone to go into space when he launched into the International Space Station ...more

Yang Liwei is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Fighter Pilots
Yang Liwei; born June 21, 1965 is a major general and military pilot and China National Space Administration astronaut. In 2003, he became the first person sent into space by the Chinese space ...more

Sergey Alexandrovich Volkov is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Fighter Pilots
Sergey Aleksandrovich Volkov is a Russian cosmonaut. He was a member of two missions to the International Space Station, spending more than a year in total in space. During his missions he did ...more

Yuri Malenchenko is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Fighter Pilots
Yuri Ivanovich Malenchenko is a Russian cosmonaut. Malenchenko became the first person to marry in space, on 10 August 2003, when he married Ekaterina Dmitrieva, who was in Texas, while he was ...more

Manfred von Richthofen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Fighter Pilots
Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen, also widely known as the Red Baron, was a German fighter pilot with the Imperial German Army Air Service during the First World War. He is considered ...more

William A. Wellman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Fighter Pilots
William Augustus Wellman was an American film director. Although Wellman began his film career as an actor, he worked on over 80 films, as director, producer and consultant, but most often as a ...more

Maksim Surayev is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Fighter Pilots
Maksim Viktorovich Surayev is a Russian cosmonaut.

Zhai Zhigang is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Fighter Pilots
Zhai Zhigang is an officer in the People's Liberation Army Air Force and a CNSA astronaut. During the Shenzhou 7 mission in 2008, he became the first Chinese citizen to carry out a spacewalk.

Liu Boming is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Fighter Pilots
Liu Boming is a Chinese pilot selected as part of the Shenzhou program. A fighter pilot in the People's Liberation Army Air Force, he was selected to be an CNSA member in 1998.

Deke Slayton is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Fighter Pilots
Donald Kent Slayton, better known as Deke Slayton, was an American World War II pilot, aeronautical engineer, test pilot who was selected as one of the original NASA Mercury Seven astronauts, ...more

Chesley Sullenberger is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Fighter Pilots
Chelsey Sullenberger is an American commercial airline pilot and safety expert and accident investigator who successfully carried out the emergency water landing of US Airways Flight 1549 on the ...more

Ernst Udet is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Fighter Pilots
Colonel General Ernst Udet was the second-highest scoring German flying ace of World War I. He was one of the youngest aces and was the highest scoring German ace to survive the war. His 62 ...more

Bob Dornan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Fighter Pilots
Robert Kenneth "Bob" Dornan is a Republican and former member of the United States House of Representatives from California and a vocal advocate of pro-life and social conservative ...more

Don Ho is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Fighter Pilots
Donald Tai Loy "Don" Ho was a Hawaiian traditional pop musician, singer and entertainer. He is best known for the song "Tiny Bubbles".

Dean Paul Martin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Fighter Pilots
Dean Paul Martin, Jr was an American entertainer, noted as a tennis player, a singer and actor, and a military pilot.

Valentin Bondarenko is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Fighter Pilots
Valentin Vasiliyevich Bondarenko was a Soviet fighter pilot selected in 1960 for training as a cosmonaut. He died as the result of burns sustained in a fire during a 15-day low-pressure ...more

Eugene Cernan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Fighter Pilots
Eugene Andrew "Gene" Cernan, is a former American naval officer and aviator, electrical engineer, aeronautical engineer, fighter pilot, and NASA astronaut. He has been into space three ...more

Reza Pahlavi is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Fighter Pilots
Reza Pahlavi is the last crown prince of the former Imperial State of Iran and current head of the House of Pahlavi. He is the older son of the late Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and Shahbanu Farah ...more

Ed Broadbent is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Fighter Pilots
John Edward "Ed" Broadbent, PC CC is a Canadian social democratic politician and political scientist. He was leader of the federal New Democratic Party from 1975 to 1989. In the 2004 ...more

Ronald J. Garan, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Fighter Pilots
Ronald John Garan, Jr. is a NASA astronaut. After graduating from State University of New York College at Oneonta in 1982, he joined the Air Force, becoming a Second Lieutenant in 1984. He ...more

Charles L. Veach is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Fighter Pilots
Charles Lacy Veach was a USAF fighter pilot and NASA astronaut.

Steven Lindsey is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Fighter Pilots
Steven Wayne Lindsey is a retired U.S. Air Force officer and NASA astronaut. Lindsey served as Chief of the NASA Astronaut Office from September 2006 until October 2009. Lindsey was born in ...more

Randolph Bresnik is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Fighter Pilots
Randolph James "Komrade" Bresnik is a Colonel in the United States Marine Corps and a NASA astronaut. A Marine Aviator by trade, Bresnik was selected as a member of NASA Astronaut ...more

Jim Wetherbee is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Fighter Pilots
James Donald "Wxb" Wetherbee, is an American former naval officer and aviator, test pilot, aerospace engineer, and NASA astronaut. He is a veteran of six Space Shuttle missions and is ...more

Charles O. Hobaugh is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Fighter Pilots
Charles Owen "Scorch" Hobaugh is a NASA astronaut and a retired U.S. Marine Corps officer. He has had three spaceflights, all of which were Space Shuttle missions to the International ...more

John E. Blaha is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Fighter Pilots
John Elmer Blaha is a retired United States Air Force colonel and a former NASA astronaut. He is a veteran of six Space Shuttle missions and a stay on the Mir space station. Married to the ...more

David Lee
David Lee "Tex" Hill was a fighter pilot and flying ace in World War II, with later service in Korea.

Ted Hartley is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Fighter Pilots
Theodore Ringwalt "Ted" Hartley has been a US Navy fighter pilot, an investment banker, an actor, producer, and is currently CEO of RKO Pictures. He is married to heiress, actress and ...more

Sultan bin Salman Al Saud is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Fighter Pilots
Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is a former Royal Saudi Air Force pilot who flew aboard the American STS-51-G Space Shuttle mission as a payload specialist, and a member of the House of ...more

Lawrence E. Roberts is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Fighter Pilots
Lawrence Edward Roberts, Sr. was a pilot with the Tuskegee Airmen and a colonel in the United States Air Force, with 32 years of total military service. He was the father of newscaster Robin ...more

Dan Severson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Fighter Pilots
Daniel Mark "Doc" Severson is an American politician. He is a former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives who represented District 14A, which includes portions of Benton ...more

Fei Junlong is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Fighter Pilots
Colonel Fei Junlong is a Chinese military pilot and an astronaut. He flew on the second manned spaceflight of the Shenzhou program. He was born in Suzhou, Jiangsu province of China and was ...more

Nie Haisheng is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Fighter Pilots
Nie Haisheng is a Chinese military pilot and CNSA astronaut.

Yves Rossy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Fighter Pilots
Yves Rossy is a Swiss pilot and aviation enthusiast. He is known as the inventor of an individual jet pack which uses carbon-fiber wings for flight.