READ List of Famous Test Pilots

Reference
34.4k views 296 items
List of the most notable and famous Test pilots in the world, with photos when available. Most prominent Test pilots worldwide and top Test pilots in America can be found on this list ordered by their level of prominence,. From reputable Test pilots to the lesser known Test pilots in history and today, these are the top Test pilots in their field, and should answer the question "who are the most famous Test pilots in the world?". List features people like Alan Bean, John de Havilland, and many more You're able to copy this list to build your own just like it, re-rank it to fit your opinions, then publish it to share it with your Facebook friends, Twitter followers or with any other social networks you use on a regular basis. (297 Items)

Neil Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous 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 ...more

Pete Conrad is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Test Pilots
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

Gus Grissom is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Test Pilots
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 ...more

Alan Shepard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Test Pilots
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

Jim Lovell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Test Pilots
James Arthur "Jim" Lovell, Jr., is a former NASA astronaut and a retired captain in the United States Navy, most famous as the commander of the Apollo 13 mission, which suffered a ...more

William R. Pogue is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Test Pilots
William Reid "Bill" Pogue, was an American astronaut and test pilot who was also an accomplished teacher, public speaker and author.

Eileen Collins is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Test Pilots
Eileen Marie Collins is a retired NASA astronaut and a retired United States Air Force colonel. A former military instructor and test pilot, Collins was the first female pilot and first female ...more

Frank Borman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Test Pilots
Frank Frederick Borman, II, is a retired United States Air Force pilot, aeronautical engineer, test pilot, and NASA astronaut, best remembered as the Commander of Apollo 8, the first mission to ...more

Wally Schirra is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Test Pilots
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

Lisa Nowak is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Test Pilots
Lisa Marie Nowak is an American former naval flight officer and NASA astronaut. Born in Washington, D.C., she was selected by NASA in 1996 and qualified as a mission specialist in robotics. ...more

Gordon Cooper is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Test Pilots
Leroy Gordon "Gordo" Cooper, Jr., better known as Gordon Cooper, was an American aerospace engineer, test pilot, United States Air Force pilot, and one of the seven original astronauts ...more

Sunita Williams is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Test Pilots
Sunita Lyn "Suni" Williams née Pandya is an American astronaut and United States Navy officer of Indian-Slovenian descent. She holds the records for longest single space flight ...more

Joseph A. Walker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Test Pilots
Joseph Albert "Joe" Walker, was an American World War II pilot, experimental physicist, test pilot with NASA, and a member of the U.S. Air Force Man In Space Soonest spaceflight ...more

Jeffrey Ashby is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Test Pilots
Jeffrey Shears "Bones" Ashby is a former American naval aviator and astronaut, a veteran of three space shuttle missions. He is a retired Captain in the U.S. Navy Jeff Ashby grew up in ...more

Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Test Pilots
Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr. was a United States Air Force officer and the first African-American astronaut.

Frank De Winne is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Test Pilots
Frank, Viscount De Winne is a Belgian Air Component officer and an ESA astronaut. He is Belgium's second person in space. He was the first ESA astronaut to command a space mission when he served ...more

Chris Hadfield is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Test Pilots
Chris Austin Hadfield OC OOnt MSC CD is a retired Canadian astronaut who was the first Canadian to walk in space. An engineer and former Royal Canadian Air Force fighter pilot, Hadfield has ...more

John Glenn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Test Pilots
John Herschel Glenn, Jr., is a former U.S. Marine Corps aviator, engineer, astronaut and United States senator. He was selected as one of the "Mercury seven" group of military test ...more

Rakesh Sharma is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Test Pilots
Wing Commander Rakesh Sharma, AC, Hero of the Soviet Union, is a former Indian Air Force test pilot who flew aboard Soyuz T-11 as part of the Intercosmos programe. Sharma was the first Indian to ...more

Thomas P. Stafford is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Test Pilots
Thomas Patten "Tom" Stafford, is an American former Air Force officer, test pilot, and NASA astronaut. He flew aboard two Gemini space flights; and in 1969 was the Commander of Apollo ...more

Stephen Frick is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Test Pilots
Stephen Nathaniel Frick is an American astronaut and a veteran of two Space Shuttle missions. Raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Frick graduated from Pine-Richland High School in 1982, earned a ...more

Robert Curbeam is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Test Pilots
Robert Lee Curbeam, Jr. is a former NASA astronaut and captain in the United States Navy. Curbeam graduated from Woodlawn High School, Baltimore County, Maryland in 1980. He earned a bachelor of ...more

James Irwin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Test Pilots
James Benson "Jim" Irwin, was an American astronaut, aeronautical engineer, test pilot, and a United States Air Force pilot. He served as Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 15, the fourth ...more

Philippe Perrin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Test Pilots
Philippe Perrin is a French test pilot and former CNES and European Space Agency astronaut.

Ellison Onizuka is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Test Pilots
Ellison Shoji Onizuka was an American astronaut from Kealakekua, Kona, Hawaii, who successfully flew into space with the Space Shuttle Discovery on STS-51-C. He died in the destruction of the ...more

James Dutton is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Test Pilots
James Patrick "Mash" Dutton Jr. is a NASA astronaut pilot of the Class of 2004, and a test pilot in the US Air Force with the rank of Colonel.

Stuart Roosa is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Test Pilots
Stuart Allen "Stu" Roosa, was an American aeronautical engineer, United States Air Force pilot, test pilot, and NASA astronaut, who was the Command Module Pilot for the Apollo 14 ...more

Elliot See is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Test Pilots
Elliot McKay See, Jr., was an American engineer, naval aviator, test pilot, and NASA astronaut, selected in the second group of astronauts. He died in 1966 in a NASA trainer jet crash in St. ...more

Douglas H. Wheelock is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Test Pilots
Douglas Harry "Wheels" Wheelock is an American astronaut. He has flown in space twice, logging 178 days on the Space Shuttle, International Space Station, and Russian Soyuz. On July ...more

David M. Walker is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Test Pilots
David Mathieson Walker was an American naval officer, test pilot and a former NASA astronaut. He flew aboard four Space Shuttle missions in the 1980s and 1990s.

Brian Duffy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Test Pilots
Brian Duffy is a retired U.S. Air Force colonel and a former NASA astronaut. He flew aboard four Space Shuttle missions.

Richard N. Richards is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Test Pilots
Richard Noel "Dick" Richards, is an American naval officer and aviator, test pilot, chemical engineer, and a former NASA astronaut. He flew aboard four Space Shuttle missions in the

Michel Tognini is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Test Pilots
Michel Ange-Charles Tognini is a French test pilot, Brigadier General in the French Air Force, and a former CNES and ESA astronaut who serves from 01.01.2005 to 01.11.2011 as Head of the ...more

Curtis Brown is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Test Pilots
Curtis Lee "Curt" Brown, Jr. is a former NASA astronaut and retired United States Air Force colonel. Colonel Brown graduated from East Bladen High School in Elizabethtown, North ...more

Alfred Worden is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Test Pilots
Alfred Merrill "Al" Worden, is an American astronaut and engineer who was the Command Module Pilot for the Apollo 15 lunar mission in 1971. He is one of only 24 people to have flown to

Fred Haise is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Test Pilots
Fred Wallace Haise, Jr. is an American aeronautical engineer, former test pilot, and NASA astronaut. He is one of only 24 humans to have flown to the Moon, as Lunar Module Pilot on Apollo 13. He ...more

William C. McCool is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Test Pilots
William Cameron "Willie" McCool, was an American naval officer and aviator, test pilot, aeronautical engineer, and NASA astronaut, who was the pilot of Space Shuttle Columbia mission ...more

Scott Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Test Pilots
Malcolm Scott Carpenter was an American test pilot, astronaut, and aquanaut. He was one of the original seven astronauts selected for NASA's Project Mercury in April 1959. Carpenter was the ...more

Alan Bean is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Test Pilots
Alan LaVern "Al" Bean, is an American former naval officer and aviator, aeronautical engineer, test pilot, and NASA astronaut; he was the fourth person to walk on the Moon. Bean was ...more

Michael López-Alegría is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Test Pilots
Miguel López-Alegría is a Spanish-American astronaut; a veteran of three Space Shuttle missions and one International Space Station mission. He is known for having performed ten ...more

Svetlana Savitskaya is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Test Pilots
Svetlana Yevgenyevna Savitskaya is a former Soviet aviator and cosmonaut who flew aboard Soyuz T-7 in 1982, becoming the second woman in space some 19 years after Valentina Tereshkova.

Dominic A. Antonelli is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Test Pilots
Dominic Anthony "Tony" Antonelli is a NASA astronaut. Antonelli was born in Detroit, Michigan, but was raised in both Indiana and North Carolina. He is married and has two children.

James F. Reilly is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Test Pilots
James Francis Reilly, II, Ph.D. is an American geologist and a former NASA astronaut who has flown on three space shuttle missions: STS-89, STS-104 and STS-117. He was born at Mountain Home Air ...more

James Buchli is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Test Pilots
James Frederick Buchli is a retired United States Marine aviator and former NASA astronaut who flew on four Space Shuttle missions.

Guy Gardner is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Test Pilots
Guy Spence Gardner is a United States Air Force officer and a former astronaut. He holds the rank of Colonel. He flew as pilot on two Space Shuttle missions, STS-27 and STS-35. Gardner was also ...more

Alan G. Poindexter is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Test Pilots
Alan Goodwin "Dex" Poindexter was an American naval officer and a NASA astronaut.

Mark Kelly is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Test Pilots
Mark Kelly (with Gabrielle Giffords) is the 2013 Glamour Awards couple of the year.

James Stockdale is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Test Pilots
James Bond Stockdale was a United States Navy vice admiral and one of the most-highly decorated officers in the history of the U.S. Navy. Stockdale led aerial attacks from the carrier USS ...more

Christopher Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Test Pilots
Christopher J. Ferguson is a retired United States Navy Captain and NASA astronaut. He was the pilot of Space Shuttle Atlantis on his first mission to space, STS-115, which launched on September ...more

Henry Hartsfield is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Test Pilots
Henry Warren "Hank" Hartsfield, Jr. was a United States Air Force officer and a USAF and NASA astronaut who logged over 480 hours in space.