Roscoe acquired Gilmore when he was just three weeks old, trading publicity in lieu of $200 for his purchase from Goebel’s Lion Farm. Gilmore went everywhere with Roscoe – on the ground and in the air. It took the cub weeks to adjust to flying in Roscoe’s Lockheed Air Express but it soon became his second home - until a weight of 150 pounds grounded him.
Gilmore returned to Goebel’s in 1940, living there until his death in 1952. Stuffed and mounted, Gilmore was displayed in Roscoe’s home and was eventually relocated to cold storage at the Paul E. Garber Facility after Roscoe's death in 1972. More specific information about the magnificent lion is available in Glines’ biography of Roscoe, Roscoe Turner: Aviation’s Master Showman.
The Flying Hutchison family who promoted Cocomalt in the 1930s also flew with a lion cub dubbed Sunshine. The family promoted the body-building drink through encouraging children to join their Flying Cubs Club. Images of the family and their airplane also show a dog and monkey. Who knows? They may have carried an assortment of pets aboard their trimotor.
Alameda air cop Patricia Kendall often took her poodle, Goofus, aloft. In 1933, the little guy had accumulated over 100 hours in the air.
If anyone has information on other pioneering aviators who flew or gave the impression that they flew