HAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31713 posts, RR: 56 Posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 4055 times:
There were many famous pioneers of aviation.
Amongst them....Otto Lilienthal, Octave Chanute, Louis Blerio,Hugo Junkers the famous known ones.
but however only the Wright Brothers are remembered promptly,probably because 1st powered flight was by them.....unfortunately the 3rd guy in the group Charles Taylor that manufactured the engine was not remembered with them.
It could also be possible that there was someone who was more successfull than the above,but whose success was not known publically so History has not given due credit to them.
Your views,since persons from the tech/Ops field would probably have a lot of knowledge on the same.
HT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 1, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3943 times:
Karl Jatho was a German entrepreneur who made a powered flight earlier than the Wright Brothers, but it was/is considered to be "uncontrolled". HAJ's GA-terminal is named after him as is one lounge at HAJ.
The only *Famous person of aviation* I ever happened to see live was Chuck Yeager, opening the 2002 (or 2005 ?) Edwards AFB Open House and giving a speech afterwards, him having to be dragged from the mike as he wouldn't stop. Was sure grand listening to him.
Carpe diem ! Life is too short to waste your time ! Keep in mind, that today is the first day of the rest of your life !
TW From Germany, joined Jul 2011, 65 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 3825 times:
It depends on where you're from
The French remember Roland Garros (mainly because of the tennis tournament rather than for his achievements)
The Brazilians remember Santos Dumont for 2 reasons. There is the airport SDU in Rio. Brazilians also claim that Santos Dumont is the first person to fly an airplane that could take off on its own rather than being launched.
qf002 From Australia, joined Jul 2011, 3066 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (2 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3787 times:
Charles Kingsford Smith is a pretty iconic aviator for Australians -- he was responsible for much of the early proving work that has brought the industry here to what it is today (especially across the Pacific).
The fact that our biggest and busiest airport is named after him is very telling.
HAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31713 posts, RR: 56
Reply 5, posted (2 years 7 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3513 times:
Out here JRD TATA is considered the Father of Indian Aviation as he started of the same in the early 30s.The TATA Airline was one of the best at the time,it became AI.....Soon Tata had to give up ownership to the Government & thereafter the slide began.