British plan to send in man in space with a converted V-2 rocket could happen as early as 1951 if it was approved, so who would become the first astronaut in that program?
When I did it, the first man in space was Vickers' chief test pilot at the time- one Brian Trubshaw. Happening earlier as it did, you're looking at a different generation of pilots and engineers; the first Russian in space would have been Lavochkin's test pilot Mark Gallai.
This guy has my vote, so he has flown everything but an Eagle of Manwë!
A very useful attribute.And he is little - he puts part of the reason for his surviving on being very small and able to tuck himself into a small ball during an unplanned return to earth
Professor Joseph Cavor, Arnold Bedford and Kate Callender in 1899