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Joseph C. McConnell

Joseph C. McConnell About Distinguished American fighter pilot of the Korean War era. He received both the Silver Star and the Distinguished Service Cross for his aerial combat heroics. Other Informations He joined the U.S. Army Air Forces as soon as he was eligible for service. While working as a test pilot, he was killed …

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Wiley Post

Wiley Post About High-altitude aviator who became the first pilot to fly around the world alone. Other Informations He began working at age twenty-six as a parachutist for Burrell Tibbs and His Texas Topnotch Fliers, a flying circus. His plane, the Winnie Mae, was displayed at the National Air and Space Museum and at the …

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Igor Sikorsky

Igor Sikorsky About Russian-born developer and aviation pioneer who designed and flew the world’s first multi-engine fixed-wing aircraft, the Russky Vityaz, in 1913. He also founded the Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation in 1923, where he developed some of the first flying boats in the 1930’s. Other Informations Seeing little prospect in his native country torn by …

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Roger Bushell

Roger Bushell About Royal Air Force Auxiliary pilot who led the escape from Stalag Luft III, a German prisoner of war camp, during World War II. Other Informations He was an excellent skier and competed while attending Cambridge. He also was interested in law in addition to learning to fly. He organized more than one …

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Hilda Hewlett

Hilda Hewlett About Early female pilot and founder of a successful aircraft manufacturing company in the United Kingdom. Other Informations She spent time in Egypt during her late teens and later attended nursing school before setting her sights on a career in aviation. She and engineer Gustav Blondeau opened a flying school in England and …

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Nate Saint

Nate Saint About Evangelical Christian missionary pilot who was killed in Ecuador during the effort known as Operation Auca. He was killed by Huaorani tribesmen who did not appreciate his evangelical mission. Other Informations He went on his first plane ride with his brother Sam when he was seven years old. While on a mission …

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Patrick Biedenkapp

Patrick Biedenkapp About German pilot and blogger who is known for running the PilotPatrick website and Instagram where he shares blogging related stories from his travels along with photos of him flying as well. He is an ambassador for several companies and brands including Eucerin, Versus Versace, and Incredible India which he promotes through Instagram …

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Richard Bong

Richard Bong About Wisconsin farm boy-turned-flying ace who killed over forty people in World War II. Other Informations He grew up on a farm, where he frequently shot rifles and fantasized about flying. His habit of taking low-flying joyrides over the streets of San Francisco terrified the city’s residents and resulted in much laundry being …

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Neville Duke

Neville Duke About Decorated World War II fighter pilot and test pilot who rose to celebrity status in England. Other Informations He set a world record for air speed when his Hunter WB188 flew at 727.63 miles per hour in 1953. He lost his good friend and fellow test pilot, John Derry, during a demonstration …

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Richard Pearse

Richard Pearse About Aviation pioneer who built one of the earliest, heavier-than-air flying machines. Other Informations His early attempts at flying were hindered by engines that were too weak to effect anything more than a hopping motion. His first airplane is rumored to have become airborne weeks before the Wright Brothers took their famous flight. …

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Sabiha Gokcen

Sabiha Gokcen About Turkish-born aviator who became the world’s first female fighter pilot. Other Informations She attended the Air Force Academy and began flying combat missions when she was just twenty-three years old. She flew for over eight thousand hours (including thirty-two hours of active combat) with the Turkish Air Force. She was adopted by …

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Paul Mantz

Paul Mantz About Renowned Hollywood stunt pilot who performed feats of aerial acrobatics that other pilots refused to attempt. Other Informations He trained at the United States Army flight school but was dismissed from the army after he demonstrated an aerial stunt that involved nearly flying head-on into a train carrying high-ranking military officers. He …