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Scott Crossfield's Plane Missing

Thu Apr 20, 2006 10:52 pm

The headline below is technically inaccurate, as it is only his plane that is thought to be missing. It's not known whether he was on it or not.

Famed test pilot missing in flight
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RE: Scott Crossfield's Plane Missing

Thu Apr 20, 2006 11:15 pm

Does not sound good. That is just about where the Blue Ridge begins.

This would be a loss for us. It is hard to think of anyone who can be compared with Crossfield for his aeronautical accomplishments and his education. It is one thing to attempt these things, it is quite another when you actually understand what you are daring. We may not see his equal again.
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RE: Scott Crossfield's Plane Missing

Fri Apr 21, 2006 1:22 am

Hi!

Scott Crossfield belong to a class of pilots that unfortunetely is no longer possible to find!!! Him, Chuck Yeager and many others lived in a time zone that no longer exists either. The contribution for aviation from them is not possible to measure and it's a pitty that the new generations don't have a feeling about those brave man! A good way to pay tribute would be like show the "Right Stuff" movie in the schools has part of the educational program. I have that DVD and I've seen that with my kids and all I can tell you is that they loved it, they got a lot of respect for those pilots and they fully understood the role they played in aviation......if we get our kids to understand that then the role of Scott Crossfield, Chuck Yeager and others was not in vain!
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RE: Scott Crossfield's Plane Missing

Fri Apr 21, 2006 2:03 am

Crossfield was not only a great test pilot, but one that didn't try to do anything crazy during the test flights. Remember, he was one of the earliest test pilots for the X-15 and he flew some of the medium-power tests of the rocket plane with the XLR-99 engine; he could have been tempted to fly the X-15 with the engines at full power but he never did so.
 
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RE: Scott Crossfield's Plane Missing

Fri Apr 21, 2006 2:51 am

Just in from the Associated Press:

Scott Crossfield's son confirms his father's body was found in the wreckage.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. He was indeed a legendary figure.
 
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RE: Scott Crossfield's Plane Missing

Fri Apr 21, 2006 3:45 am

I am very saddened upon reading the news of his death. He will be greatly missed. He was a true American hero!
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RE: Scott Crossfield's Plane Missing

Fri Apr 21, 2006 4:05 am

Any idea of the type of aircraft? All I've seen is 'single-engine'.
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RE: Scott Crossfield's Plane Missing

Fri Apr 21, 2006 4:15 am

The type is a Cessna 210

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RE: Scott Crossfield's Plane Missing

Fri Apr 21, 2006 4:27 am

Well damn, I am sorry.

Taps for one of the finest. One of the best there ever was.
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RE: Scott Crossfield's Plane Missing

Fri Apr 21, 2006 4:40 am

He's 84 years old. Was he flying the aircraft?

Hmm...
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RE: Scott Crossfield's Plane Missing

Fri Apr 21, 2006 5:15 am

Quoting Confuscius (Reply 9):
He's 84 years old. Was he flying the aircraft?

Not all old people are feeble. I dare you to walk up to Chuck Yeager and tell him he can't fly.
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RE: Scott Crossfield's Plane Missing

Fri Apr 21, 2006 5:29 am

RIP to a great pioneer
 
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RE: Scott Crossfield's Plane Missing

Fri Apr 21, 2006 5:38 am

"I dare you to walk up to Chuck Yeager and tell him he can't fly".


It's difficult to give up on something you love, but one has know their limitation. Anyway, it's not yet known if he was the pilot.

[Edited 2006-04-20 22:58:51]
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RE: Scott Crossfield's Plane Missing

Fri Apr 21, 2006 6:14 am

It's sad to lose a man like this, but at least it's fitting that a great flyer go out this way doing what he loved. An eyewitness in Ranger Georgia said she heard the airplane sputtering as if there was engine trouble during the storms that came up yesterday (really serious ones) and she said the pilot attempted to turn and lost power.

It's a terrible loss, but I'd like to thank God for giving us such men who pushed the envelope and helped us advance the field of flight.


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RE: Scott Crossfield's Plane Missing

Fri Apr 21, 2006 5:44 pm

Quoting DL021 (Reply 13):
It's sad to lose a man like this, but at least it's fitting that a great flyer go out this way doing what he loved. ...

It's a terrible loss, but I'd like to thank God for giving us such men who pushed the envelope and helped us advance the field of flight.

While I'm not sure about the 'god' part I otherwise agree 100%. While I don't really want to speculate on the nature of his demise, it is otherwise fitting for the scenario.

I knew an Ex-Buff driver who owned a shell full service station and also worked as a mechinic. In the last 10+ years of his life that I knew him, he NEVER missed being at the station a single day. Including Christmas as he was 'Jewish'. One day (as usual practice) he went to take a nap in his back storage room and never woke up. For him to have died any other way would have been borderline offensive. It was the perfect end to a dedicated professional, I hope the coroner's report reveals something simillar here.
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RE: Scott Crossfield's Plane Missing

Sat Apr 22, 2006 7:25 pm

Quoting N328KF (Reply 10):
I dare you to walk up to Chuck Yeager and tell him he can't fly.

I saw Ol´Chuck last October at Edwards AFB flying a P51D in the opening ceremony and also watched his speech thereafter.
Furthermore I saw his last F16 display two years earlier at EDW also doing the opening ceremony by producing a sonic boom.
I would not have a single doubt being a pax in a plane piloted by him !
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Sun Apr 23, 2006 7:33 am

 
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RE: Scott Crossfield's Plane Missing

Sun Apr 23, 2006 8:03 am

Quoting N328KF (Reply 10):
Not all old people are feeble. I dare you to walk up to Chuck Yeager and tell him he can't fly.

The local newspaper up here, the Bergen County Record did a story a few months back about older pilots, and how some of them may be 75+ years old, but are in better health then a lot of their younger counterparts. In my personal opinion, as long as someone can pass an FAA physical is as long as they should be able to fly.
 
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RE: Scott Crossfield's Plane Missing

Mon Apr 24, 2006 5:17 am

How fitting he died doing what he loved after a long lifetime of doing it. Aviation has lost a true leader and pioneer from a generation the likes of which we'll not soon again experience.

RIP. Your contribution will never be forgotten.

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RE: Scott Crossfield's Plane Missing

Wed Apr 26, 2006 2:43 pm

Damn, what a shame. Scott Crossfield, Al White, Chuck Yeager, Bob Hoover, Joe Cotton, among others are in my personal Hall of Famers of aviation... truly legendary and groundbreaking pilots.

RIP sir!
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RE: Scott Crossfield's Plane Missing

Fri Apr 28, 2006 7:09 am

The crash was on the 19th or 20th, right? For some reason it's not in the monthly list of accidents on the NTSB site- they usually have some preliminary stuff, like type of plane & weather conditions at the time. What gives?
http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/AccList.asp?month=4&year=2006
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