ROSCOE TURNER AVIATION PIONEER VINTAGE PHOTO, 10 X 8, B/W, c. 1933, showing him standing next to his Model 44 (NR-61Y) airplane that is painted in a combined Gilmore and "20th Century Pictures Presents The Bowery" scheme. In fine condition with a couple of light creases and wrinkles.
Roscoe Turner (September 29, 1895 – June 23, 1970) was a record-breaking American aviator who was a three-time winner of the Thompson Trophy air race, and widely recognized by his flamboyant style and his pet lion named Gilmore. For the National Air Races at Los Angeles in July 1933, Turner entered his Model 44 (NR61Y, race number 2), fitted with an 800 hp Pratt & Whitney R-1340 Wasp, painted in a combined Gilmore and 20th Century Fox Pictures scheme. On July 1, 1933, he flew in the Bendix Trophy race from New York to Los Angeles, gaining first place, ahead of Jimmy Wedell in his Model 44 (NR278V, race number 44). Turner's time was 11:30 hours, that also broke his own east–west transcontinental airspeed record.