North Carolina Centennial of Flight

Roscoe Turner

Barnstormer Roscoe Turner, an observation balloonist in World War I, became partners with Harry Runser in 1919, and the men soon began performing aerial stunts at fairs in North Carolina. The aviators thrilled large crowds by performing fake dogfights, walking on the plane's wings, and swinging from the landing gear. The Turner-Runser team gave shows in Raleigh, Rocky Mount, Henderson, Oxford, Roxboro, Durham, and Asheville. After splitting up with his partner in 1921, Turner continued to fly, and acquired a pet lion named "Gilmore" that flew with him during his aerial stunts.


An aerial battle between fighter planes.