Fun Fact September 29, 2020.
29 September 2020
Roscoe Turner was born on this date in 1895. Probably the first question you have is who? Roscoe Turner was an American aviator and three time winner of the Thompson Trophy for air racing. He was known for his flamboyant style and his pet lion, Gilmore. He saw his first airplane in 1913 and in 1916 decided to be a pilot. He applied to the Army in 1917 and eventually was enrolled in the Flying Cadet program where he learned to pilot balloons. It wasn’t until he served in France and Germany that he received unofficial training in fixed wing aircraft. After the war he and a partner went into the barnstorming business where he acted as pilot, sky diver, mechanic and wing walker. He also got into air racing, movies and radio where he rose to fame quickly. Roscoe eventually formed a commercial airline company called Turner Airlines and has an airport named after him in his home town of Cornith Mississippi. Roscoe Turner is the last civilian to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross from Congress. Some of the planes he flew can be seen at the Udvar-Hazy annex of the National Air and Space Museum.