As a younger man, he once beat out start-up entrepreneur Shere Khan on an air cargo contract, leaving Khan a bitter rival. However, by the time Rebecca hires him to be Higher for Hire's Vice President, Whistlestop's skills were sorely obsolete and he did business solely based on his reputation. Although Baloo's opinion of Whistlestop was deflated when the aging pilot bungled a trial flight of the Sea Duck and made him take the blame, the two made up and again beat Khan in securing another lucrative air cargo contract for Higher for Hire, which allowed the aviation master to retire in the great bang he'd always hoped for.
He's a well-behaved, heroic, independent, supportive, trusting, lion-hearted, encouraging, strong-willed, tough, optimistic, polite, jovial, athletic, confident, kind, selfless, obedient, no-nonsense, whimsical, honorable, industrious, sensible, thoughtful, loving, educated, sweet, truthful, outgoing, protective, joyous, attentive, courteous, knowledgeable, sympathetic, open-minded and nice bear.
He wears an aviator's helmet and goggles, plus an orange scarf.