Flying has always been a field that brushes past risks and glory at the same time. Numerous examples can be traced to the history books where aviators have set examples with their deeds for the rest of the world to emulate. These antics, performed by them, have assisted in providing a new aspect to flying; re-defining it each time flying schools around the world needed something new to learn. Here is a list of top 10 aviators who gave a new dimension to flying.
10. Joe Kittinger:
A former command pilot, Joe Kittinger created history when he ascended to 102,800 feet in an air plane and then jumped from it. The world also referred to the adventure as “highest step in the world” bringing him overnight popularity. He created four world records in aviation during his lifetime. He is widely appreciated by flying experts.
9. Chesley Sullenberger:
A famous airplane pilot of his time, Chesley Sullenberger actually gained fame in a 2009 incident. While he was piloting a plane, a flock of Canadian geese struck the front and it was all set for a crash. However, he successfully landed it over the Hudson River in the New York City and prevented the loss of 155 lives and the plane. The media made him a star overnight.
8. Simran Sondhi:
She is one of the most promising pilots India has ever seen. Simran Sondhi was one of the people who helped Indian pilots venture into a new realm in flying. She and Cheryl Dutta were the first Indian Air Force (IAF) flight cadets who flew an all women crew for the first time. The news bagged headlines in most Indian dailies and re-defined the existing standards of flying in the country.
7. Saudamini Deshmukh:
She enjoys the rare distinction of being the first lady in the world to fly an all women crew IATA schedule flight. She achieved the exploit on November 27, 1985. Women were not very active in the field of aviation before. After Saudamini’s accomplishment, there was a sudden rise in the number of women seeking to become pilots.
6. Norman Lear:
Norman Lear was a Scottish aviator who set many records in the field of flying during the 1930’s. This was the period when the aviation sector was taking various developmental strides in other parts of the world. Most aviation experts term him as one of the most influential aviators of his time who laid out a path for others to follow.
5. Elizabeth Coleman:
An American civil aviator, Elizabeth “Bessie” Coleman was the first pilot of African American descent to hold an international pilot license. Her pioneering achievements in the field of aviation opened up the door in the field of flying for the women and people from African American lineage around the world.
4. Charles Lindbergh:
It was this valiant aviator from America, who made the world’s first non-stop solo flight across the Atlantic. In the year 1927, Linderbergh also concluded an epic air travel covering round 3,610 miles. These accomplishments place him in a completely different league in the history of aviation of the world.
3. Chuck Yeager:
One of the most famous World War II pilots, Chuck Yeager is renowned for his adventure into the clouds when he clocked a speed faster than that of sound. The feat was the first of its kind. It was his astonishing feat that created ripples around the world and attracted lots of youngsters into flying unlike ever before.
2. Amelia Earhart:
Remembered as “Lady of Air”, Amelia Earhart is a legendary name in world of aviation. It was in 1932 that she accomplished the famous feat of flying solo over the Atlantic Ocean – a first ever by a woman. However, she disappeared while attempting to circumnavigate the globe in 1937. Nevertheless, by then she accomplished what no other woman had achieved ever before.
1. Howard Hughes:
One of the wealthiest men of his times, Howard Hughes was a filmmaker but more widely known as a pioneer of modern aviation. There have been quite a few films on his life but the 2004 Martin Scorsese biopic, ‘The Aviator’, immortalized him on celluloid across the world. Hughes acquired an aviation company named Trans World Airlines and made two of historic aircrafts including H-4 Hercules – the biggest of its era.