What is an aviator?

The term “aviator”, as opposed to “pilot” or other terms, was used more in the early days of aviation, before anyone had ever seen an airplane fly, and it was used to show connotations of bravery and adventure.

– per Wikipedia

aviator in bi-planeBill Warren was an aviator.  So, too are most of the pilots who sport a grey hair today.  They flew in the ‘Good Ole’ days, before the overbearing FAA manifested itself.  These aviators experimented, tested, engineered, and discovered.

Many such aviators are no longer with us.  Those who are hold a wealth of information.  Their experiences, tests, and experiments are the treasure that is aviation.  It is our hope they will be willing to share it with the rest of us, so we can help keep the rooted spirit of ‘aviating’ alive.

Just a few are listed here.  More are added as they are referenced in the images of SkyBilly.com.

Bill Warren

George DeMartini

Jessie Woods

Ronn Dilling

Harry Eyerly

Brian Lansburgh


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jessie woods aviation pioneer

Jessie Woods

Jessie Woods was an amazing character.  A pioneering aviatrix, Jessie rose the wing, parachuted under a silk canopy, gave flight instruction to US soldiers, and never learned to drive a car.  She was a violinist, aviation mechanic, member of the OX-5 group, the 99’s Women Pilots, a fantastic storyteller, and one tough lady. Jessie and more »