Man always dreams of flying. Few figures in history have more detailed thoughts and ideas about flight than Leonardo da Vinci, who created thousands of notes about bird flight and the science of air.
Although he is best known for the Mona Lisa and other works of art, his designs included designs for many flying machines, including helicopter-like machines, 450 years before the world’s first practical helicopter was launched in 1939.
As we explore the history of aviation, the airline industry has produced some of the most remarkable people who have ever lived. Let’s take a look at 10 famous pilots and famous pilots, some of whom have bravely pushed the boundaries of aviation to unimaginable heights.
Fasten your seat belts and get ready to take off as we celebrate some of the world’s most famous aviation stars.
No list of famous aviators would be complete without Amelia Earhart. Earhart took her first flight in December 1920 alongside World War I pilot Frank Hawks and was instantly hooked.
She also holds the record for being the first person to fly across both the Atlantic and the Pacific. He achieved many records in his short career before leaving the Pacific in July 1937 on a plane to circumnavigate the globe.
The Wright Brothers
Wilbur and Orville Wright are the most famous pilots in the history of aviation. They entered the age of aviation on December 17, 1903, when they flew the world’s first successful airplane. The Wright Flyer spent 12 seconds in the air, making history as the first heavier-than-air device.
Throughout their lives, the Wright brothers devoted themselves to the study of human flight, meticulously documenting their plans and discoveries.
James H. Doolittle
Now, this is a pilot like no other on this list. At the age of 15, Doolittle built a glider out of wood and cloth, jumped off a rock and crashed. It would be the first of half a dozen accidents he would suffer in as many years. Being such a spirit, of course, he will join the United States Air Force, where his work will be connected to some of the best moments in the history of aviation.
Doolittle is best known for proving that pilots can fly at night and in bad weather. The daredevil entered the air race and was one of the first pilots to fly from the plane to the landing by pointing to the speed and in 1932 set the world speed record in the ground plane.
Charles Lindbergh is an American aviator famous for making the first transatlantic flight. A flight from New York to Paris in May 1927 took over 33 hours and was longer than any other flight attempted.
After the plane crashed, Lindbergh and his wife Anne would conduct several reconnaissance flights to find the nearest airways to various locations. In doing so, they paved the way for everyone who wants to enjoy FIFA World Cup betting from where the match takes place, rather than having to stay home as the flight path is yet unexplored.
In the early morning of August 6, 1945, Brigadier General Paul Tibbets boarded the Enola Gay – a Superfortress-29 bomber named after his mother – on its way to Hiroshima. At approximately 8:00 a.m. plus 15 seconds, the 10,000 atomic bombs known as “Little Boy”, exploded 2,000 feet (about twice the height of the Empire State Building) over the city of Hiroshima.
For his service, Tibbets was decorated with various commissions and served in the United States Air Force until 1966.