Most Famous Fighter Pilots of its time
We create a list of the Most Famous Fighter Pilots of their time whose skill as a fighter pilot is astonishing and undebatable to the rest of us. These pilots are credited with multi victories during their time in the cockpit.
Manfred von Richthofen
Manfred von Richthofen was known in English as Baron von Richthofen was a fighter pilot with the German Air Force during World War I. He is considered the ace-of-aces of the war, being officially credited with 80 air combat victories.
Richthofen transferred to the Air Service in 1915, becoming one of the first members of the fighter squadron Jagdstaffel 2 in 1916. He quickly distinguished himself as a fighter pilot, and in 1917 became the leader of Jasta 11.
Richthofen was shot down and killed near Vaux-sur-Somme on 21 April 1918.
Erich Hartmann was a German fighter pilot during World War II and the most successful fighter ace in the history of aerial warfare. He flew 1,404 combat missions and participated in aerial combat on 825 separate occasions. He was credited with shooting down a total of 352 Allied aircraft: 345 Soviet planes and seven American. During the course of his career, Hartmann was forced to crash-land his fighter 16 times due either to mechanical failure or damage received from parts of enemy aircraft he had shot down; he was never shot down from direct enemy action.
Muhammad Mahmood Alam
Mahmood Alam a Pakistani fighter pilot (Air Commodore) who was officially credited by the Pakistan Air Force with having downed five Indian Air Force aircraft in 1 minute during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965, all five aircraft are Hawker Hunter aircraft on one sortie on 7 September 1965.
He was an F-86 Sabre flying ace as per Pakistan Air Force records. He was awarded the Sitara-e-Jurat (“The star of courage”), the nation’s third-highest military award, and Bar for his actions during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1965.
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Ivan Kozhedub was a Soviet World War II fighter ace? Credited with over 60 solo victories by most historians, he is considered to be the highest-scoring Soviet and Allied fighter pilot of World War II.
He is one of the few pilots to have shot down a Messerschmitt Me 262 jet. He was made a Hero of the Soviet Union on three occasions (4 February 1944, 19 August 1944, and 18 August 1945). After the war, he remained in the military and commanded the 324th Fighter Air Division during Soviet operations in the Korean War.
His first combat mission was on 26 March 1943. He operated on the Voronezh Front and, in July over the Kursk battlefields. His first kill was a Junkers Ju 87 Stuka, shot down during the Battle of Kursk on 6 July 1943
Bob Hoover was an American fighter pilot, test pilot, flight instructor, and record-setting air show aviator.
Hoover flew Spitfires in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II and was shot down in 1944 off the coast of France. He was held for over a year in a German POW camp before eventually escaping and flying to safety in a stolen enemy aircraft. He then worked as the United States Air Force and civilian test pilot after the war, flying chase for the Bell X-1 supersonic flight, and as a flight instructor for North American Aviation during the Korean War.
He is best known as an air show display pilot, who flew for nearly 50 years until his retirement in 1999. Known as the “pilot’s pilot”, Hoover revolutionized modern aerobatic flying and has been described in many aviation circles as one of the greatest pilots of all time.