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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