Whiskey, Soda, Raoul Lufbery and Douglas MacMonagle
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Two Escadrille pilots were then inclined to stay behind to crate up the animal and bring him the next day.
Later, Whiskey got another lion playmate, named Soda since she got on so well with Whiskey,  as the pilots felt the lion needed a female companion. Although both the animals were fond of Lufbery, Whiskey followed him around the aerodrome like a pet dog. Although most aviation scholars agree that Lufbery did not actually invent the maneuver, it was popularized among Allied flyers.
In addition, according to Eddie Rickenbacker in his book, Fighting the Flying Circus, Lufbery is attributed with inventing the precursor to the modern airport flight pattern.
Prior to Lufbery's influence, planes would fly in and land in any direction on the field, based on their needs and wind direction which caused confusion, near misses, and collisions.
Lufbery, at the time commander of the 94th Squadron, directed that all approaching aircraft would circle the field at least twice before landing, watching for others taking off or landing.
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He had claimed 16 air kills by this time, with another unconfirmed. Most of his victories were solo, though he had shared one each with fellow aces Victor SayaretPaul Malavialleand Achille Rousseaux.
The United States Army Air Service was equipped with Nieuport 28 fighters, but due to supply problems, many lacked armament. The 94th's first combat patrol on 6 Marchsaw Lufbery leading Rickenbacker and fellow flyer Doug Campbell in unarmed airplanes. Lufbery had unconfirmed claims in Aprilon the 12th and the 27th, while leading 94 Squadron.
On 19 MayLufbery took off in his Nieuport 28 in an attempt to intercept a German Rumpler reconnaissance machine near to the 94th's home airfield. As Lufbery closed in to attack, the German gunner's fire hit the Nieuport. At an altitude variously estimated between and feet, Lufbery was said to have jumped out of the plane, either to avoid a fiery death or as an attempt to land in the nearby Moselle Riverrather than being thrown from the cockpit after it flipped over above the village of Maron.
His falling body struck a metal garden picket fence, causing his death. However, on-site research by Royal D.
Frey of the National Museum of the United States Air Force then the Air Force Museum established in that witnesses on the ground below the action saw the plane, not burning, flip over, and Lufbery was thrown out, having unfastened his seat belt to clear a jam in his machine gun during his final fight. Frey went on to explain the social dynamics that led to the "historical inflation.
Yes, we have priceless historic artifacts like the Wright Flyer and the Spirit of St. Louis; but lacking a single lion cub or even a panda, we do have something of a cuteness gap - we simply can't compete with the Zoo when it comes down to Cute.
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But a sifting of the files in the Museum's Archives Division actually turned up a respectable number of lion cubs in photographic form. Turner was one of the most memorable figures from the Golden Age of flight - winner of the Bendix Trophy and three-time winner of the Thompson Trophy, he was known for his splendid custom-designed uniforms.
InTurner was flying for the Gilmore Oil Company, which used a lion's head as its trademark. Thinking that having a real lion might boost publicity, he adopted a 3-week old cub and named him after the company.
Roscoe Turner with his mascot, Gilmore. Gilmore is wearing a cub-sized parachute and harness. But Gilmore was not immediately charmed by the idea of flight.
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Roscoe told the story of the cub's first flight: He was a pretty tired and nervous little cub when it was over. Turner's lap and stayed there.
It was weeks before he stopped trying to scramble in someone's lap when we took off The Humane Society raised fears of Gilmore's in-flight safety, so Roscoe had a cub-size parachute and harness made for him.Lion Cubs Meet Their Father For The First Time - Wild Things
He's wearing the 'chute in the photograph above, and Gilmore's parachute and harness.