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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 passing. 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.