Claire Lee Chennault

1890 - 1958

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Claire Lee Chennault (September 6, 1893 – July 27, 1958) was an American military aviator best known for his leadership of the "Flying Tigers" and the Chinese Nationalist Air Force in World War II. Chennault was a fierce advocate of "pursuit" or fighter-interceptor aircraft during the 1930s when the United States Army Air Corps was focused primarily on high-altitude bombardment. Chennault retired from the United States Army in 1937, and went to work as an aviation adviser and trainer in China. Starting in early 1941, Chennault commanded the 1st American Volunteer Group (nicknamed Flying Tigers). He headed both the volunteer group and the uniformed U.S. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Claire Lee Chennault has received more than 745,458 page views. Her biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 24 in 2019). Claire Lee Chennault is the 21st most popular pilot, the 2,722nd most popular biography from United States (down from 2,568th in 2019) and the 7th most popular American Pilot.

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Among pilots, Claire Lee Chennault ranks 21 out of 71Before her are Hezârfen Ahmed Çelebi, Marina Raskova, Joseph Kittinger, Valery Chkalov, René Fonck, and Mathias Rust. After her are Janina Lewandowska, Vladimir Ilyushin, Jacob Veldhuyzen van Zanten, Amy Johnson, Amet-khan Sultan, and Igor Volk.

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Among people born in 1890, Claire Lee Chennault ranks 90Before her are Henrich Focke, Alois Eliáš, Solomon Mikhoels, Ferruccio Parri, Rachel Bluwstein, and Friedrich Wilhelm Kritzinger. After her are Konstantin Melnikov, Matome Ugaki, Johannes Vares, Paul Strand, Duke Kahanamoku, and Robert Stroud. Among people deceased in 1958, Claire Lee Chennault ranks 58Before her are Aarre Merikanto, Roger Byrne, Rudolf Rocker, Edward Weston, José Miaja, and Princess Joséphine Caroline of Belgium. After her are Grigory Petrovsky, Peter Collins, Pierre-Étienne Flandin, Haykanoush Danielyan, Ivan Yefimovich Petrov, and Princess Nadezhda of Bulgaria.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Claire Lee Chennault ranks 2,722 out of 20,380Before her are Anne Archer (1947), Wes Montgomery (1923), Jo Van Fleet (1915), Ric Flair (1949), S. S. Van Dine (1888), and John Havlicek (1940). After her are Nichelle Nichols (1932), Jacques Futrelle (1875), Joey DeMaio (1954), Billy Drago (1945), Simon Bolivar Buckner Jr. (1886), and Ronald Lauder (1944).

Among PILOTS In United States

Among pilots born in United States, Claire Lee Chennault ranks 7Before her are Charles Lindbergh (1902), Amelia Earhart (1897), Francis Gary Powers (1929), Chesley Sullenberger (1951), Chuck Yeager (1923), and Joseph Kittinger (1928). After her are Bessie Coleman (1892), Jacqueline Cochran (1906), Jerrie Cobb (1931), Wally Funk (1939), Cornelia Fort (1919), and Blanche Stuart Scott (1884).