Posted on Tue, November 26, 2013

November means Movember, a month to celebrate moustaches around the world and promote awareness on men’s health issues, especially prostate and testicular cancer. The National Air and Space Museum’s Archives Department has a superb collection of aeronautical ‘staches — here are just a few:

Orville Wright

On December 17, 1903, Orville Wright’s moustache was the first facial hair to make a powered sustained flight.

Louis Blériot

Louis Blériot's moustache was the first moustache to fly the English Channel.

Italo Balbo

Italian aviator Italo Balbo’s moustache commanded a historic round-trip flight of twenty-four flying boats from Rome to Chicago (July-August 1933).



Roscoe Turner

But the classiest aviation moustache has to be Roscoe Turner’s, the great Golden Age pilot and three time Thompson Trophy winner.


Roscoe Turner, Don Young, and Gilmore

Roscoe poses with his mechanic Don Young, whose moustache is not too shabby, and with his famous lion cub mascot Gilmore, who has a very decent set of whiskers himself.