If you are anything like the usual aviation enthusiast you’ll have a list of famous names in your head that you can quote at parties to bore your friends like, Wilbur and Orville, Bleriot, Richthofen, Lindbergh, Sikorsky, Whittle, Yeager and such but I wonder if you can place some of the others who deserve recognition.


Charlie Taylor


Hans Von Ohain


Ohain’s HeS8 jet engine


The He178


The He280


Gloster E-28


Olive-Ann and TravelAir


The Staggerwing


Doolittle and the Mystery Ship


Louise Thaden



Bessie Coleman


Mae Jemison




Colin Defries


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