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1. Prince Andrew, Duke of York – Prince Andrew, Duke of York, KG, GCVO, CD, ADC, is the second son and third child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. At the time of his birth, he was second in the line of succession to succeed his mother; as of 2016 he is sixth in line. He saw active service during the Falklands War, flying on multiple missions including evacuation. In 1986, Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson; the couple's marriage, subsequent separation and eventual divorce in 1996 attracted a high level of media coverage. As well as carrying out various official engagements, he served as Britain's Special Representative for International Trade and Investment until July 2011. He was baptised in the Palace's Music Room on 8 April 1960 by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Geoffrey Fisher. He is the namesake of his paternal grandfather, Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, who died 16 years before he was born. Prince Andrew was the first child born to a reigning monarch since the birth in 1857 of Queen Victoria's youngest child, Princess Beatrice. As with his older siblings, Andrew was looked after by a governess, responsible for his early education at Buckingham Palace. He was sent to Heatherdown School near Ascot in Berkshire. In September 1973, he entered Gordonstoun, in northern Scotland, which his father and elder brother had attended before him. While there, he spent six months—from January to June 1977—participating in an exchange programme to Lakefield College School in Canada. He left Gordonstoun two years later with A-Levels in English, political science. He did not go to university but instead entered the Britannia Royal Naval College at Dartmouth. The Royal Household announced in November 1978 that Prince Andrew would join the Royal Navy the following year.Prince Andrew, Duke of York – The Duke of York, 2014
2. Vernice Armour – Armed Forces. She eventually served two tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Armour was born in 1973 in Chicago, Illinois to Gaston C. Armour Jr. and Authurine Armour. After her parents divorced, Clarence Jackson married Authurine. Her grandfather was the first African Americans to segregate the Marine Corps between 1942 and 1949. In 1993, later entered into the U.S. Army's ROTC. In 1996, she took time off from college to become a Nashville officer. She became the female African-American on the motorcycle squad. Armour graduated in 1997. In 1998, Armour became the first African American female to serve as a police officer in Tempe, Arizona before joining the U.S. Marines as an Officer Candidate in October 1998. She became the Marine Corps' first female pilot. After school, Armour was assigned to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton near San Diego, California for training in the AH-1W SuperCobra. In March 2003, she flew during the invasion of Iraq becoming America's first African-American female combat pilot.Vernice Armour – Armour in January 2006
3. Patrick Henry Brady – Patrick Henry Brady, is a retired United States Army major general. While serving as a pilot in the Vietnam War, he received the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military decoration for valor. Brady attended O'Dea High School in Seattle, Washington, an all-boys school run by the Congregation of Christian Brothers, where he was active in sports. While in college at Seattle University, he was kicked out. Brady realized he would probably be reentered the ROTC program in order to enter military service as an officer. After graduation, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Army Medical Service Corps On March 1959. On April 1959, he went on active duty. He served in Berlin, from September 1959 with the 6th Infantry Bragade. In August 1961, he became the Motor Pool Officer of the hospital in the 279th Station Hospital in Berlin. He became the Detachment Commander until October 1962. In December 1963, he graduated from the United States Army Aviation School at Alabama.In January 1964, he deployed to Vietnam. After Kelly's death on July 1964, Brady took command of Detachment A, 57th Medical's Detachment, at Sóc Trăng. Brady replied, "we are going to keep flying exactly the way Kelly taught us to fly, without hesitation, anytime, anywhere." On his second tour of duty in Vietnam, 1967 to 68, now a Major, was second in command of the 54th Medical Detachment. It was during this second tour in Vietnam that Brady was awarded the Medal of Honor.Patrick Henry Brady – Brady in 1989
4. Alan Bristow – After World War II broke out, in 1940 Bristow joined the British-India Steam Navigation Company as a deck officer cadet. He was present at the Operation Torch landings in North Africa. Bristow was credited with shooting down two Stukas from the forepeak of an ship off the coast of Algeria. In 1943, Bristow joined the Fleet Air Arm as a trainee pilot. Trained by the RAF in Canada, he was trained on North American T6 Harvard. In 1944, he was sent to New York to learn to fly the difficult Sikorsky R-4 helicopter, the world's first mass-production military helicopter. After demobilisation he was sacked for attacking the company's sales manager. As a freelance pilot, he sprayed crops in France, the Netherlands and North Africa. He was subsequently awarded the Croix de Guerre. Bristow then provided helicopter spotting services for Aristotle Onassis's pirate fleet in the Antarctic. Bristow started operating flights in the Persian Gulf. Engaged by Douglas Bader, his company became highly profitable and Bristow a wealthy man. The funds enabled him to buy the 2,000 acres Baynards Park estate in Surrey. For his services to aviation he was honoured with an OBE in 1966. The company's fortunes declined with the North Sea oil industry.Alan Bristow – Alan Bristow
5. Peter Button – Peter Thomas Button OBE was a pioneering rescue helicopter pilot in Wellington, New Zealand. Button made his aircraft available for use in emergencies. Thanks to a deal in the early eighties Button was able to dedicate one of his helicopters solely to rescues. On July 1986, the police launch Lady Elizabeth II capsized in heavy seas at the entrance to Wellington Harbour whilst on a training mission. Senior Sergeant Phil Ward both died in the accident. As a result of his actions Peter Button was known by the nickname'Saint Peter'. Police called in the helicopter to assist tracking an offender who had escaped from Rimutaka Prison. During the search Button's helicopter drifted into high voltage transmission lines, crashed in Churton Park killing all three on board. Ironically Button had been the pilot who assisted when the lines were first built. At his funeral on the 25th, thirteen helicopters paid tribute with a flyby. A few years after his death Peter Button Place, was named in his honour. The Life Flight Trust TVNZ coverage of the accident on YouTubePeter Button – Peter Button
6. Charles, Prince of Wales – Charles, Prince of Wales, is the eldest child and heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II. He was born at Buckingham Palace as the first grandchild of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. After earning a bachelor of arts degree from Cambridge, he served in the Royal Navy from 1971 to 1976. In 1981, they had two sons: Prince William later to become Duke of Cambridge, Prince Harry. In 1996, the couple divorced, following extramarital affairs. Diana died in a crash in Paris the following year. In 2005, he married Camilla Parker Bowles. He has sought to raise world awareness such as climate change. As an environmentalist, Charles has received numerous awards and recognition from environmental groups around the world. His support including homeopathy, has been criticised by some in the medical community. Charles has been outspoken on the role of the conservation of historic buildings. Subsequently, he created an experimental new town based on his theories, in Dorset in 1993. Charles was baptised in the palace's Music Room by the Archbishop Geoffrey Fisher, on 15 December 1948. When Prince Charles was aged three his mother's accession as Queen Elizabeth II made her heir apparent. He attended his mother's coronation on 2 June 1953, seated alongside his grandmother and aunt.Charles, Prince of Wales – The Prince of Wales in Jersey, July 2012
7. Christopher Clayton – Rear Admiral Christopher Hugh Trevor Clayton is a former Royal Navy officer who served as a Lynx helicopter pilot during the Falklands War. Clayton was educated at Leatherhead. After school he was appointed an acting sub-lieutenant on 29 February 1972. After flying training he was then commissioned as a sub-lieutenant on 29 November 1973. After being promoted to lieutenant on 16 October 1974, Clayton was selected in 1980 transferring to the General List. On 2 the disputed British overseas territory of the Falkland Islands was invaded by neighbouring Argentina. The United Kingdom, nearly 8,000 miles away, dispatched a naval task force of 28,000 troops to recapture the islands. Clayton served on HMS Cardiff, piloting serial no. 335 or "IVOR", as part of 815 Naval Air Squadron. Cardiff arrived in the conflict on 26 May. She was also required to fire with her 4.5-inch gun. On 13 June, around midday, Clayton was performing the routine forenoon search of the area south of the Falkland Sound. Two Argentine Daggers of Gaucho flight jettisoned their external fuel tanks in preparation to engage. Clayton evaded the attacks and managed to escape. The Daggers returned empty-handed, their original mission had been to attack British positions on Mount Longdon with retarded bombs. In recognition of his service during the war, Clayton was awarded a Mention in Dispatches.Christopher Clayton – Clayton piloting Cardiff' s Lynx helicopter
8. Tammy Duckworth – Ladda Tammy Duckworth is an American politician and member of the Democratic Party, serving as the U.S. Representative for Illinois's 8th congressional district since 2013, is a Senator-elect for Illinois. In the November 2016, election, she defeated incumbent liberal Republican Senator Mark Kirk for his seat in the United States Senate. Her father, her Thai-Chinese mother were working and living there at the time. She is the Asian-American woman serving in the U.S. Senate after Mazie Hirono and next to Kamala Harris. Duckworth was the first double amputee from the war. Tammy Duckworth was born to Franklin and Lamai Sompornpairin Duckworth. Her American father, who died in 2005, was a U.S. Marine veteran who traced his family's American roots to the American Revolutionary War. Her mother is Thai, of Chinese descent. Because of international companies in refugee, housing, development programs, the family moved around Southeast Asia. She became fluent in Thai and Indonesian, to English. Duckworth attended Singapore American School, for a few months in her senior year was at the International School Bangkok. The family settled in Hawaii when she was sixteen. Her father became unemployed for the family relied on public assistance. Duckworth graduated in 1985 having skipped the ninth grade.Tammy Duckworth – Duckworth in 2013
9. Michael Durant – Michael J. "Mike" Durant is an American pilot and author. Durant was a member of the Special Operations Aviation Regiment as a Chief Warrant Officer 3. He is a native of Berlin, New Hampshire, Louise Durant. Durant entered the U.S. Army in August 1979. Durant then completed helicopter training at Fort Rucker, Alabama. During school, Durant flew the TH-55 trainer and UH-1 helicopters. By the time he was 24, Durant had flown over 150 medevac missions in the UH-60. After 18 months, Durant transitioned at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. As a Chief Warrant Officer 2, Durant flew air assault missions in the UH-60. He joined the Special Operations Aviation Regiment on August 1, 1988. Assigned to D Company, Durant performed duties as Flight Lead and Standardization Instructor Pilot. During Operation Gothic Serpent in Somalia, he was the pilot of helicopter "Super Six Four." It was the second MH-60L of two Black Hawk helicopters to crash on October 3, 1993. His helicopter was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. That led about a mile southwest of the operation's target.Michael Durant – Mike Durant speaking at Tyndall Air Force Base in November 2002
10. Clint Eastwood – Clinton "Clint" Eastwood, Jr. is an American actor, filmmaker, musician, political figure. These roles, among others, have made an enduring cultural icon of masculinity. Eastwood received considerable critical praise in France including some that were not well received in the United States. In 2000, Eastwood was awarded the Italian Venice Film Festival Golden Lion for achievement. Since 1967, Eastwood has run Malpaso, which has produced all except four of his American films. Starting in 1986, Eastwood served as Mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, a non-partisan office. Eastwood was born in California, the son of Clinton Eastwood Sr. and Ruth Wood. He has Jeanne Bernhardt. Eastwood is of Dutch ancestry. His family moved often as his father worked along the West Coast. They finally settled in Piedmont, California, where Eastwood attended Piedmont Junior High School. Each parent drove their own car. Instead, he attended Oakland Technical High School, where the drama teachers encouraged him to take part in school plays. However, Eastwood was not interested. "Clint graduated from the shop.Clint Eastwood – Eastwood at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival
11. Ed Freeman – Ed W. During the battle, Freeman flew through numerous times, bringing supplies to a trapped American battalion and flying dozens of wounded soldiers to safety. He was a wingman for Major Bruce Crandall who also received the Medal of Honor for the same missions. He was born in Neely, Greene County, the sixth of nine children. When he was 13 years old, Freeman saw thousands of men on maneuvers pass by his home in Mississippi. Freeman knew then that he would become a soldier. Freeman grew up from Washington High School. Before graduating from high school, he served in the U.S. Navy for two years. After the war, Freeman graduated from high school. Afterwards Freeman joined the U.S. Army. On April 1954, Freeman married Barbara Morgan. They had Doug, born in 1962. During World War II, he served on the USS Cacapon. By the time of the Korean War, he reached the Army rank of first sergeant. Although he was in the Corps of Engineers, Freeman fought in Korea.Ed Freeman – Ed Freeman (left) is congratulated by President George W. Bush after receiving his award.
12. Kenneth J. Gray – Kenneth James Gray was an American businessman and politician. Born in Illinois, he attended the West Frankfort and Pope County elementary schools and graduated from Frankfort Community High School. At age 16, at age 18 he became the owner of the Gray Motors car dealership, which he operated until 1954. In January, 1943 Gray enlisted for World War II. Attained the rank of first sergeant before being discharged in December 1945. The authors also indicate that Gray can be seen in the well-known photo of Eisenhower speaking with soldiers including First Lieutenant Wallace C. Strobel. Gray's awards included the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign World War II Victory Medal. After the war he was commander of the Southern Illinois region. He also operated an air service at Benton, Illinois from 1948 to 1952. In 1950 he campaigned for a seat in the U.S. House. Gray lost the Democratic nomination to Kent E. Keller, who lost the general election to incumbent C. W. Bishop. He opted not to run again in 1952. He won election to the 84th Congress. Gray was served from January 3, 1955, until his resignation on December 31, 1974.Kenneth J. Gray – Kenneth J. Gray
13. Desiree Horton – Desiree Tyler Horton, nicknamed "Chopper Chick," is a helicopter pilot and television personality based in Los Angeles, California. Horton is one of the female helicopter pilots/on-camera reporters in Los Angeles television history. She began to fly from North Hollywood High School in North Hollywood, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. Horton worked two jobs for two and a half years to pay for her training. Horton explained, "I could only afford to once every other week as I made the money to pay for them." Horton also washed local pilot/reporter Scott Reiff's helicopter in exchange for flying hours. At one point, she was a stuntwoman, riding horses for films. She has also ferried helicopters across the U. S. From 2001 to 2005, Horton flew and reported for KABC 7 in Los Angeles. I was the first one on the scene when they discovered her body in the mountains. With my 1,000-millimeter zoom lens I could see everything."' Horton herself would be fighting that fire from the air. About twenty women are certified by the USFS to do this. She derives great satisfaction from fighting fires because she's saving maybe even their lives. Horton says it also provides an additional enjoyment that comes from making full use of a chopper's unique capabilities.Desiree Horton – Desiree Horton
14. Robert Karjel – Robert Karjel is a Swedish writer of literary thrillers. He lives in Stockholm. He is a Lt. Colonel in the Swedish Air Force and the only Swedish pilot who has trained with the U.S. Marines. In May 2015, The Swede received a starred review in Publishers Weekly. HarperCollins had purchased the thriller for publication in 2013. Publishers in other ten countries followed suit, including France, Brazil, Israel and Germany. The novel, compared to Homeland, looks at the complex consequences of the War on Terror. The run in English is 40,000 hardcover. In the UK, the thriller's title is My Name Is N. With this book, Karjel joins the list of Scandinavian noir crime writers with international exposure. On 31 the Guardian online ran his article discussing controversy over a thriller with a bisexual hero. The Swede was shortlisted for a 2016 Lambda Literary Award. Booklist listed The Swede as one of the Best Crime Novels of 2016. In 2013, 20th Century Fox Television bought the rights as a TV drama. Karjel grew up in the small city of Örebro, an Estonian father, Raivo.Robert Karjel – Robert Karjel - HMS Carlskrona, Gulf of Aden, May 2010
15. Gaurav Keerthi – He also appeared as a guest judge for one of the semi-finals of Season 1 of the show in 2007. In 2012, he served as the moderator for Season 2 of the debate show Bridging Asia: The Singapore Debates, broadcast on Channel NewsAsia. Gaurav served from 2006 to 2010 having previously served as the organisation's Vice-President from 2005 to 2006. In 2011, he published a book about debating Speak, Win: Discover the Art of Debate. The book included a foreword written by Dr Vivian Balakrishnan. Gaurav grew up in Nigeria and Germany, before his family moved to Singapore when he was aged ten. He later took up Singapore citizenship. After returning to Singapore, he became a pilot in the RSAF. He subsequently completed a Masters of Public Administration in 2014. Think, Speak, Win book website dialectic.sg websiteGaurav Keerthi – Keerthi during the recording of a Channel NewsAsia programme at MediaCorp in December 2014
16. John Kelvin Koelsch – He was the first pilot to be awarded the Medal of Honor. He was promoted to Lieutenant on August 1, 1946. After the outbreak of the Korean War, he joined Helicopter Squadron 1 in August 1950. As Officer in Charge of a detachment, he joined USS Princeton in October for pilot rescue duty off the eastern coast of Korea. He served until June 1951 when he joined Helicopter Squadron 2 for pilot rescue duty out of Wonsan, Korea, then under naval blockade. He provided lifeguard duty for pilots who were downed either over enemy-held territory. On June 22, he rescued a Naval aviator from the waters of southeast of Yo Do Island. Capt. Wilkins parachuted at low altitude; and survived despite being severely burned about the legs. Despite approaching darkness, enemy ground fire, Lt. Koelsch located the downed aviator in the Anbyon Valley and began his pickup. All three men survived the crash; and, after hiding from enemy patrols for 3 days, they began a slow march to the coast. After 6 more days, they reached a coastal village where they were captured the following day while hiding in a hut. During his captivity, though abused, Koelsch refused to aid his captors or submit to interrogation. His personal bravery inspired his fellow prisoners. John Koelsch died of malnutrition and dysentery while a prisoner of war. On August 1955, Lieutenant John Kelvin Koelsch was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in Korea.John Kelvin Koelsch – Lt(jg) John K. Koelsch
17. Wendy B. Lawrence – Wendy Barrien Lawrence is a retired United States Navy Captain, former helicopter pilot, an engineer, a former NASA astronaut. She has also visited the Russian Space Station Mir. She was a specialist on STS-114, the first Space Shuttle flight after the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. She enjoys running, triathlons. Lawrence was born in Jacksonville, Florida. Lawrence graduated in 1977. She went on graduating in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science in ocean engineering. Larwance Heights Middle School Phi Kappa Phi Association of Naval Aviation Women Military Aviators Naval Helicopter Association Lawrence graduated in 1981. A distinguished flight graduate, she was designated as a Naval Aviator in July 1982. Lawrence has made more than 800 shipboard landings. In October 1990, Lawrence reported to the U.S. Naval Academy where she served as the novice women's crew coach. Selected by NASA in March 1992, Lawrence reported in August 1992. She was qualified for flight assignment as a Mission Specialist. She flew on STS-67. In September 1996 she began training on the Russian Space Station Mir.Wendy B. Lawrence – Wendy B. Lawrence
18. Richie McCaw – He is the most capped test rugby player of all time. McCaw predominantly had also played as blindside flanker and no. 8. McCaw has won the World Rugby player of a record three times. His ability to anticipate adaptability to referee's law interpretations are two of his key attributes. He was raised in Kurow before moving to Dunedin in 1994 to board at Otago Boys' High School. In 1999 he was selected in the national under-19 team. He played for the Under-21s and Canterbury in the National Provincial Championship, before debuting in 2001 for the Crusaders in Super Rugby. He was selected despite having played only eight minutes of Super 12 rugby. McCaw became a regular selection for New Zealand, only missing a few games due to recurring concussions. In 2006 he was appointed captain of the All Blacks – who he led at the 2007 World Cup. Since his debut, the All Blacks have won seven Tri-Nations titles, won the Bledisloe Cup eight times. In 2010 his contract was making him the equal highest paid player in New Zealand. In the 2011 World Cup Pool game against France, McCaw became the first All Black to reach 100 caps. On 23 McCaw led his team to their second World Cup title in 24 years by beating France 8 -- 7 in the final. McCaw is the most-capped player in rugby history with 148 caps, having overtaken former Irish centre Brian O'Driscoll's record in 2015.Richie McCaw – Richie McCaw
19. Anne McClain – Anne Charlotte McClain is a NASA astronaut from the class of 2013. Anne McClain is a Major in the U.S. Army. Her hometown is Washington. Since she was a very young child she had always wanted to be an astronaut She is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.; the University of Bath and the University of Bristol, both in the United Kingdom while on a Marshall Scholarship. McClain flew 216 combat missions during 15 months in Iraq. Anne McClain on Twitter NASA Astronaut Candidate BioAnne McClain – Anne C. McClain
20. Mykola Melnyk – For this operation, he was awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union, the Igor I. Sikorsky Award for Humanitarian Service. In 1972-74 he served his conscript service in the Soviet Armed Forces. In 1979 Melnyk began working as a civilian pilot in different cities. Later he continued his education at the Kremenchuk Department of the Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute and the Civil Aviation Academy in Leningrad. After graduation from the special school in 1984, Melnyk worked as a test pilot, particularly for the Kamov helicopter design bureau in Feodosiya. After the April 1986 Chernobyl disaster, Melnyk was directed to work in the cleanup operations. Lethal levels of radiation created after the Reactor # 4 fire prevented liquidator teams on the roof of the power plant building. However, helicopters could leave the area above the building within seconds, thus inflicting less damage to the personnel on board. They were employed to cover building openings with sandbags and lead slabs, install necessary equipment, commence aerial photography and atmospheric radioactive contamination monitoring. Melnyk, among others, was assigned as an civilian helicopter pilot. He flew 46 sorties over the reactor building, for a combined total duration of 52 hours. This operation was described as dropping a "needle" into a precise spot; it was considered especially difficult. When Melnyk successfully completed the operation during a training exercise in Moscow, the observers broke into applause. Melnyk did not know the purpose of the training, however, until several days later when he flew to Kiev to undertake the actual mission.Mykola Melnyk – Nikolai Melnyk
21. Rustam Minnikhanov – Rustam Nurgaliyevich Minnikhanov is a prominent politician and the second and current President of Tatarstan, a federal subject of Russia. Rustam Minnikhanov was born on March 1, 1957 in a Volga Tatar family in the Novy Arysh village of Rybno-Slobodsky District in the Tatar ASSR. He graduated from Correspondence Institute of Soviet Trade as a commodity expert in 1986. He is a doctor of economic sciences. Minnikhanov is married and fathered two sons. His son Irek Minnikhanov died in the Tatarstan Airlines Flight 363 crash on November 17, 2013. After graduating from the institute in 1978, he began his career as an engineer in Sabinsky District Association of Selkhoztekhnika. In 1993 he was appointed head of Vysokogorsky District administration and in November 1996 he was appointed minister of finance of the Republic of Tatarstan. Until March 2010 he was prime minister of the Republic of Tatarstan. For the 2008 and 2009 ERC series Hansen's team built a brand new C4 for Minnikhanov.Rustam Minnikhanov – Rustam Nurgaliyevich Minnikhanov Röstäm Nurğäli ulı Miñnexanov Рустам Нургалиевич Минниханов
22. Barry North – Air Marshal Sir Barry Mark "Baz" North, KCB, OBE is a senior Royal Air Force officer, who served as Deputy Commander at RAF Air Command. In January 2007 North was appointed Head of Air Resources and Plans at the Ministry of Defence. He was appointed Deputy Commander at RAF Air Command on 3 May 2013. North was retired in May 2016. North was educated at Carre's Grammar School in Sleaford. He was awarded'Alumnus of the Year' by Nottingham Trent University – the former Trent Polytechnic – in 2011. He also holds a Master of Arts in Defence Studies from King's College London.Barry North – Officer of the Order of the British Empire (2003) Member of the Order of the British Empire (1996)
23. Michael J. Novosel – Michael J. Novosel, Sr. of Enterprise, Alabama served in the United States military in three wars: World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He flew the B-29 Superfortress bomber in World War II. For his bravery in conducting a medical evacuation under fire in this conflict, he was awarded the Medal of Honor. He grew up during the Great Depression. At the age of 19, Novosel joined what was then the Army Air Corps. By 1945, he was a captain flying B-29 Superfortress bombers in the war against Japan. Novosel went back on active duty to again serve his country during the Korean War. He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserve in 1955. In 1963, Novosel was working as a commercial pilot when he decided to return to active military duty. By then, the Air Force did not have space for any more officers in the upper ranks. He served his first tour in Vietnam flying medevac helicopters with the 283rd Medical Detachment. His second tour in Vietnam was with the 82nd Medical Detachment. During that war, Novosel extracted 5,589 wounded personnel, among them his own son, Michael J. Novosel, Jr.. Their ammunition expended. Without fire support, Novosel flew at low altitude under continuous enemy fire.Michael J. Novosel – Chief Warrant Officer Michael Novosel
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25. Stephen W. Pless – Stephen Wesley Pless was a major in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He earned the Medal of Honor as a UH-1 Iroquois "Huey" pilot for rescuing soldiers trapped by heavy enemy fire. Pless was born Stephen Pollard on September 1939, in Newnan, Georgia. After his parents divorced, Nancy Lassetter Pollard moved to Atlanta and remarried, to Berlin Pless. Stephen took the Pless surname. He attended Decatur High School in Decatur before graduating from that school in 1957. After graduation, he attended recruit training and advanced training at Parris Island, South Carolina, finishing in October 1957. He then served until September 1958. While attending training at Pensacola, Florida, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant on September 16, 1959. He was designated a naval aviator upon graduation from flight training on April 20, 1960. He was promoted on July 1, 1964. After his detachment in April 1966, Pless was assigned duty as Brigade Platoon Commander, 1st ANGLICO, Hawaii. For his service in this capacity, he was awarded the Korean Order of Military Merit. From March 20 to September 1967, Pless served in Vietnam as Assistant Operations Officer, VMO-6, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. During this time, he earned the Medal of Honor, the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, 32 Air Medals.Stephen W. Pless – Major Stephen W. Pless, USMC
26. Prince Harry – Prince Henry of Wales, KCVO, familiarly known as Prince Harry, is the younger son of Charles, Prince of Wales, Diana, Princess of Wales. Harry was completed his training as a leader. In 2007–2008, he served for 77 days in Helmand, Afghanistan, but was pulled out following publication of his presence there by an Australian magazine. He returned to Afghanistan for a 20-week deployment in 2012–2013 with the Army Air Corps. He left the army in June 2015. Harry launched the Invictus Games in 2014, remains patron of its Foundation. He also gives patronage to several other organisations, including the HALO Trust, the London Marathon Charitable Trust, Walking With The Wounded. Harry was born at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, London, on 15 September 1984 at 4:20 pm. He was baptised on 21 December 1984 at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Robert Runcie. His godparents are Prince Andrew, Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones, Carolyn Bartholomew, Celia, Lady Vestey. Harry began to accompany his parents on official visits at an early age; his overseas tour was to Italy in 1985. His mother died following a accident in Paris the following year. Harry and William were staying with their father at Balmoral at the time, the Prince of Wales told his sons about their mother's death. Like his father and brother, Harry was educated at independent schools. He started at Jane Mynors' nursery school and the pre-preparatory Wetherby School, both in London.Prince Harry – Prince Harry during the Invictus Games in London, September 2014
27. Andrew Pulford – Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Douglas Pulford, GCB, CBE, ADC is a retired senior Royal Air Force commander. He became July 2013 retiring from the Royal Air Force on 12 July 2016. Born the son of Douglas and Jean Pulford, Pulford was educated at Magnus Grammar School in Newark. He had an exchange tour between 1985 and 1987. Pulford was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in the 2013 New Year Honours. He was appointed Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath in the 2016 New Year Honours. Pulford received his GCB at Windsor Castle along with former First Sea Lord Admiral Sir George Zambellas on 13 April 2016. Pulford's interests include military history, motorcycling, sailing. In 1982, Pulford married Nicola Jane Pearse; they have a daughter.Andrew Pulford – Air Chief Marshal Sir Andrew Pulford c.2013
28. Alan Purwin – Alan David Purwin was an American helicopter pilot, aerial film operator, entrepreneur and philanthropist. Purwin owned Helinet Aviation. On September 2015, while working for the film Mena, Purwin died in a plane crash in the Andean natural region of Colombia. Purwin was raised in North Hollywood, California. Purwin's father owned an automobile business. When Purwin was a child, he would fly with his father in a single-engine Cessna 210. Purwin's father flew the plane around all of North America. Purwin's father also flew cancer patients in support of the Angel Flight Network. Purwin attended U.S. Grant High School in the greater Los Angeles area. While in high school, Purwin earned his fixed-wing certificate. With prodding from his father, Purwin piloted a helicopter for the first time. At the age of nineteen, Purwin worked in Greenfield, Indiana where he flew ten to twelve hours a day. Purwin said in Indiana: "It was the perfect opportunity to rack up flying hours and become familiar with the aircraft." He flew helicopters that covered sailing. After that, Purwin did aerial helicopter stunts for television shows including The A-Team and Airwolf.Alan Purwin – Alan Purwin
29. Hanna Reitsch – Hanna Reitsch was Germany's most famous female aviator and test pilot, starting in the early 1930s. During the Nazi era she served as an international representative for the regime. In the 1960s she was sponsored by the West German foreign office as a technical adviser in Ghana and elsewhere. She was the only woman awarded the Iron Cross First Class and the Luftwaffe Pilot/Observer Badge in Gold with Diamonds during World War II. She set more than 40 altitude and endurance women's records in gliding before and after World War II. In the 1960s she founded a gliding school in Ghana, where she worked for Kwame Nkrumah. Reitsch was born in Hirschberg, Silesia on 29 March 1912 to an upper-middle-class family. She had a brother, Kurt, a sister. She began flight training in 1932 at the School of Gliding in Grunau. While a medical student in Berlin she enrolled in a Air Mail amateur flying school in a Klemm Kl 25. She set an endurance record for women of twenty minutes. In January 1934 she joined a South America expedition to study thermal conditions, along with Wolf, Peter Riedel and Heini Dittmar. While in Argentina, she became the first woman to earn the Silver C Badge, the 25th to do so among world glider pilots. Reitsch became a member of the Deutsche Forschungsanstalt für Segelflug in June 1934 and became a test pilot in 1935. Reitsch was given the honorary title of "Flugkapitan" by Ernst Udet in 1937, after successfully testing Hans Jacobs' divebrakes for gliders.Hanna Reitsch – Hanna Reitsch greets well-wishers with the Hitler Salute in her hometown of Hirschberg (Jelenia Góra); April 1941. Karl Hanke, Gauleiter of Lower Silesia, is at left.
30. Jon E. Swanson – Jon Edward Swanson was a United States Army helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War. He directed the destruction of two anti-aircraft positions before being shot down in Cambodia. His actions were recognized over thirty years later, when his family received the Medal of posthumously from President George W. Bush in 2002. Born in 1942, Swanson grew up in Denver, Colorado. He met his future Sandee there as a teenager. Swanson attended Colorado State University where he was a member of Reserve Officers' Training Corps. The two were married in Honolulu, Hawaii while Swanson was on leave from his first tour in Vietnam. They had two daughters, Brigid and Holly. Swanson later volunteered in Southeast Asia. Now a captain, he served as an OH-6A "Loach" pilot. On February 26, 1971, he and his observer, Staff Sgt. Larry Harrison, were on a reconnaissance mission over Cambodia, searching for enemy positions in support of an Army of the Republic of Vietnam task force. When the force came under heavy fire, Swanson engaged and destroyed five enemy bunkers despite intense anti-aircraft fire. While heading towards a third machine position, the helicopter exploded and crashed to the ground, killing both men inside. Swanson and Harrison were listed as "killed in action – body not recovered."Jon E. Swanson – Captain Jon Swanson
31. Harold E. Thompson – Harold E. "Tommy" Thompson of Hobart, Indiana, was a helicopter aviation pioneer. Thompson was a veteran of 3,500 hours in single-engine propeller aircraft and 3000 more in helicopters. Later, he was assigned to the Bridgeport, Connecticut, plant of Igor Sikorsky, who pioneered helicopters in America. After the war, "Tommy" as he was known, got a job of Sikorsky's three test pilots -- in the trial and error days. The plant produced a month, mostly hand built. The test pilots tried them out. Most of the early models had sluggish controls - some flew as expected, but others didn't. Thompson was also Igor Sikorsky's personal pilot. By 1949, Thompson was an experienced pilot. He had not been seriously injured. In 1949, Sikorsky engineers developed the Sikorsky helicopter. "It was a responsive dream," Thompson recalls. "After trying some mild acrobatics, I figured it would loop." Until Thompson, no one had dared try to loop a helicopter. As Sikorsky's chief pilot Jimmy Viner pointed out, "Any of 10 things can go wrong -- all fatal, be sure you know what you're doing."Harold E. Thompson – Contents
32. Dimitris Ververelis – Dimitris Ververelis, also known as D.T. Ververelis, is a Greek helicopter pilot nicknamed "The Wizard." He is the Greek pilot to perform a televised full loop with a helicopter. Ververelis became a pilot in 1998. He served in the Hellenic Army Special Forces. Ververelis continued to train in countries including France, the United Kingdom, the Ukraine and South Africa. In 1999 he founded GreekHelicopters.gr. Since 2004 he is a instructor at Dekeleia Aeroclub in Tatoi. He participates in the largest air event in Greece, since it started in 2012. Athens Flying Week involves pilots performing precision exercises, mock rescues. Since 2014, Ververelis flies a EC-120 B. with the colors of Vostok Europe. In June 2016 he participates in Kavala. The word ` helobatic' is used for extreme helicopter maneuvers. He has both FAA and JAA flight licenses. GreekHelicopters.gr 2013 Athens Flying Week Demo on YouTube Wizard Helobatic Display Dimitris Ververelis nicknamed "the Doctor" of helicopters on the Athens News AgencyDimitris Ververelis – Dimitris Ververelis
33. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge – Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, KG, KT, PC, ADC is the elder son of Charles, Prince of Wales, Diana, Princess of Wales. He is second in line to succeed his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, after his father. William was educated at four schools in the United Kingdom and obtained a degree from the University of St Andrews. He spent parts of a gap year in Chile, Belize, some parts of Africa. In December 2006, he completed 44 weeks of training as an officer cadet and was commissioned in the Blues and Royals regiment. In April 2008, he qualified as a pilot by completing pilot training at Royal Air Force College Cranwell. He then underwent helicopter flying training in order to become a full-time pilot with the RAF Search and Rescue Force in early 2009. His service with the British Armed Forces ended in September 2013. William married Catherine Middleton, on 29 April 2011 at Westminster Abbey. Hours before the wedding, he was created Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn, Baron Carrickfergus. The couple's first child, Prince George, was born on 22 July 2013, their second, Princess Charlotte, was born on 2 May 2015. William, the first child of the Prince and Princess of Wales, was born at St Mary's Hospital, London, on 21 June 1982 at 9:03 pm. His names, William Arthur Philip Louis, were announced by Buckingham Palace a week later on 28 June. He was baptised in the Music Room of Buckingham Palace on 4 August by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Robert Runcie. He was the first child born to a Prince and Princess of Wales since Prince John in 1905.Prince William, Duke of Cambridge – The Duke of Cambridge in Japan in 2015
34. George Zambellas – Admiral Sir George Michael Zambellas, GCB, DSC, ADC, DL, FRAeS is a retired Royal Navy officer. In his early career Zambellas served with 814 Naval Air Squadron, 829 Naval Air Squadron and then 815 Naval Air Squadron. As captain of HMS Chatham Zambellas was deployed off Sierra Leone, for which he received the Distinguished Service Cross in 2001. Zambellas went on to be Fleet Commander and Deputy Chief of Naval Staff in early 2012. Zambellas graduated in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He was commissioned on 17 September 1980. His next appointment was ashore, before being promoted to commander on 30 June 1994. In 1995 Zambellas was deployed on counter-narcotics operations in the Caribbean. Zambellas was given command of the Royal Navy's Amphibious Task Group in January 2005. In 2007, in October 2008, he became Chief of staff at the UK's Permanent Joint Headquarters at Northwood. Promoted admiral in January 2011, he was appointed Deputy Commander-in-Chief Fleet, Chief of staff to Navy Command Headquarters, Chief Naval Warfare Officer. Zambellas was promoted admiral on 6 January 2013. In April 2012 his role was re-designated Fleet Commander and Deputy Chief of the Naval Service. Zambellas said it would weaken the maritime defence of the UK. Zambellas handed over duties to Admiral Sir Philip Jones in April 2016.George Zambellas – Admiral Sir George Zambellas