Historical aviation celebrities
Lindbergh, being the first pilot to perform a transatlantic solo flight on May 20th 1927, is one of the most well known pilots of all time. He participated the flight to win $25,000, a prize that Raymond Orteig offered to the first aviator to fly from New York to Paris non stop. He took a route from Long Island, New York straight across the Atlantic Ocean to Paris. ‘
This brave woman earned her title to be the first female aviator to fly across the Atlantic Ocean a single year after Lindbergh set the record. However it was her last flight of her career that brought her the most fame. Earhart attempted to circumnavigate the globe but she disappeared in the Pacific Ocean near Howland Island. All other details of the flight remain a mystery to this day.
The Wright Brothers
Orville and Wilbur Wright accomplished the first flight of a heavier than air powered flying machine named ‘the Wright Flyer’. The flight occurred on December 17th, 1903 in North Carolina. The Wright brothers are known to be the founders of modern aviation.
General James Doolittle had a great career in the army and airforce. He performed the first flight just using instruments in 1928. However his most famous moment was the Doolittle Raid in 1942 after the attack on Pearl Harbour by the Japanese. He trained a group of pilots to fly 16 US bombers and bomb important cities in Japan. This raid affected the morale of the Japanese so severely Doolittle received accommodation for it.
Baron Manfred Von Richthofen
The ‘Red Baron’ was an ace German pilot in WW1 who brought terror to the skies of the allied forces. He had the most victories out of all the pilots on either side of the war, shooting down 80 planes. In his final flight he landed his plane safely but was wounded fatally.
Charles Yeager was a fighter pilot and test pilot for the US Military. During WW2 Yeager served in the Army Air Force and shot down 14 German planes. After the war he trained to be a test pilot and was the first pilot to break the sound barrier on the 14th of October, 1947.
Erich Hartmann is known to be the most successful fighter pilot in WW2. He flew 1,404 missions and achieved 352 victories. Also he was never shot down out of his plane. His record set him on the list of top pilots ahead of the Red Baron, who was number one before Hartmann’s career.
Louis Bleriot was an aviation pioneer from France. He conducted different experiments with constructing and flying various types of aircrafts and went on to become the first pilot to fly across the English Channel in his own monoplane.
Florence Barnes was a skilled aviator and also the first woman to fly as a movie stunt pilot. In 1929 she competed in the Women’s Air Derby and set the new woman’s world speed of 196.19 which excelled Amelia Earhart’s previous record. She performed daring stunts in movies which brought her considerable fame.
Chesley Sullenberger is a modern day aviation hero and is well known due to the Hudson River Crash. On the 15th of July 2009 Sullenberger was flying a passenger aircraft and a flock of Canadian geese struck the airliner and damaged both engines. Sullenburger had to decide in the moment the best way to land the plane safely. He performed an emergency water landing in the Hudson River and all 155 passengers survived.