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Aviators

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operated a bicycle repair shop in Dayton, Ohio, before creating the first successful, powered, heavier-than-air, manned airplane. Orville and Wilbur Wright
Made the first non-stop, solo, trans-Atlantic flight in the Spirit of St. Louis, a single-engine Ryan aircraft. Charles Lindbergh
n 1932 she became the first woman to make a trans-Atlantic solo flight, and three years later she became the first pilot of either gender to fly solo from Hawaii to California. Disappeared in 1937. Amelia Earhart
Became the first pilot to exceed the speed of sound in level flight or break the sound barrier Chuck Yeager
Skilled aircraft pilot and designer who in the 1930s set speed records for flights across the United States and around the world. His most famous plane was the H-4 Hercules, or "Spruce Goose," Howard Hughes
Rejoining the military after Pearl Harbor, he personally led the namesake raids in which 16 B-25 bombers took off from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet and bombed the Japanese home islands in April 1942. James Doolittle (Doolittle Raids)
Better known as the "Red Baron," he was credited with shooting down 80 enemy aircraft, making him the top overall ace of WWI. His personal command, Jagdgeschwader 1, became known as "Flying Circus" due to the variety of colors used on its planes. Manfred von Richthofen
efore becoming a pilot, he achieved fame as a race car driver. During World War I, he joined the U.S. Army and went on to win the Medal of Honor and finish as the top American ace of the war with 26 kills Eddie Rickenbacker
Gained worldwide attention in 1986 when his Voyager plane, piloted by Dick Rutan (Burt's brother) and Jeana Yeager (no relation to Chuck Yeager), completed a non-stop, around-the-world flight without refueling. Burt Ratan
"Father of the U.S. Air Force" Billy Mitchell
inventor of the helicopter Igor Sikorsky
Man who flew the Enola Gay, the B29 that dropped the "Fat Boy" atomic bomb on Hiroshima Paul Tibbets
American pilot whose U2 spy plane was shot down over the Soviet Union; proof of American espionage. Gary Powers
Created by: Mr_Morman