COL. TURNER, DAREDEVIL PILOT, DIES
Indianapolis-Services will be held Thursday for Col.
Roscoe Turner, who thrilled the nation between the
two world wars as a daredevil pilot.
He was known as "colonel" because of appointments in
Nevada, California and Mississippi-Corinth was his home town.
Turner died of cancer Tuesday in
Methodist Hospital. He was 74.
Turner was one of the
"barnstormers" whose exploits of speed and distance flying kept
aviation aloft between the wars. Photographs of Turner,
his moustache waxed, wearing the leather outfit of pilots of that
day, often were displayed.
Turner won the Thompson
Trophy for cross-country speed flying three times, a feat never
matched. He set seven transcontinental speed records. His 1933
Bendix Trophy mark of 11 hours and 30 minutes from New York to Los
Angeles stood more than five years.
He was a pilot in World War I, barnstormed for eight
years, then opened the first commercial airfield at Richmond,
Virginia, in 1927. His trademark was a lion cub which he carried in
He came to Indianapolis from California in 1939 and
established his Turner Aeronautical Corp. at Weir
Cook Municipal Airport. He recently disposed of the firm. He became
ill while working on plans for a museum to house mementoes of the
In 1952, at 56, he was awarded the Distinguished
Flying Cross for his contributions to aerial speed and safety-the
first time in 20 years the medal had been given to a civilian.