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Scott Crossfield Plane Missing

Thu Apr 20, 2006 7:59 pm

Just read this morning that a plane piloted by Scott Crossfield was lost from radar yesterday north of Atlanta in bad storms. Crossfield was the first to break Mach 2 and was running neck and neck with Chuck Yeager in aviation records and flight testing during the 40's and 50's.

[Edited 2006-04-20 13:06:04]
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RE: Scott Crossfield Plane Missing

Thu Apr 20, 2006 8:08 pm

where did you read this? what type of a/c?
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RE: Scott Crossfield Plane Missing

Thu Apr 20, 2006 9:35 pm

USA Today...
Cessna 210...
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RE: Scott Crossfield Plane Missing

Fri Apr 21, 2006 12:38 am

Hi!

It would be a tragic loss if this gentleman died...I hope not!
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RE: Scott Crossfield Plane Missing

Fri Apr 21, 2006 12:41 am

Aw man!

I had the honor to meet Scott Crossfield one time when he spoke at ERAU a long time ago.

Quite a gentleman, and certainly if there was ONE man in aviation alive who befits the "BEEN THERE DONE THAT" cliche, it is him.

I hate to see this...hope he's alright, although I don't have a good feeling about this.
 
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RE: Scott Crossfield Plane Missing

Fri Apr 21, 2006 1:14 am

Some of the latest info:

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/nation/3807129.html

Quote:
A single-engine airplane registered to legendary test pilot Scott Crossfield, the first man to fly at Mach 2 and Mach 3, was missing Thursday, a day after it left Alabama for the Washington, D.C., area.
(...)
[O]fficials had no confirmation that Crossfield was in the plane and the air patrol does not "have any confirmation who the pilot was.

A man who answered the phone at Crossfield's home in Herndon, Va., declined to say whether Crossfield was missing and referred questions to the Civil Air Patrol.

Airwave
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RE: Scott Crossfield Plane Missing

Fri Apr 21, 2006 3:26 am

CNN.com is reporting his body was found in wreckage:

http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/04/20/georgia.plane.ap/index.html

RIP
 
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RE: Scott Crossfield Plane Missing

Fri Apr 21, 2006 3:28 am

Oh Jesus, he died.

 Sad  Sad  Sad

I went to Scott Crossfield Elementary School in Virginia, and got to meet him to boot. Such an honor for an aviation geek.

Damnit!

 Sad
 
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RE: Scott Crossfield Plane Missing

Fri Apr 21, 2006 3:34 am

It appears that there has been a fatality. This is very sad news, if true.

I was informed of this tragic news through the following:

http://wusa9.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=48640

He was one of the great ones. He will be greatly missed.

[Edited 2006-04-20 20:35:05]
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RE: Scott Crossfield Plane Missing

Fri Apr 21, 2006 4:54 am

CNN is reporting that he was killed in the crash.

This is a very sad day. Scott Crossfield was one of my childhood heroes, and was truly a great aviator. I fear that his kind will not again pass this way.
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RE: Scott Crossfield Plane Missing

Fri Apr 21, 2006 5:04 am

 
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RE: Scott Crossfield Plane Missing

Fri Apr 21, 2006 5:28 am

 Sad

RIP Mr. Crossfield...
 
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RE: Scott Crossfield Plane Missing

Fri Apr 21, 2006 5:35 am

One of the truly great test pilots and gentlemen. He had his 1961 Cessna 210A recently overhauled in Palo Alto and made a short video for Victor Aviation.
http://www.victor-aviation.com/nav.shtml?scott_video.shtml
 
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RE: Scott Crossfield Plane Missing

Fri Apr 21, 2006 6:20 am

"There are old pilots and there are bold pilots--but there are few old, bold pilots."

Scott Crossfield was one of those few old bold pilots, a kind in stunningly short supply today. We owe much to these him and I hope he is given his due the next few days.

It seems almost tragically ironic that the man who made his name shattering records, sound barriers, and probably a few test aircraft along the way has been done in by the most staid of private aircraft--a Cessna.

Requiescat in pace.

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RE: Scott Crossfield Plane Missing

Fri Apr 21, 2006 6:22 am

What is it with famous test pilots crashing their planes in North Georgia? Chuck Yeager skidded a T6G off the side of the runway and down an embankment at a private airfield near Clayton, Georgia about three years ago.

http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20031009X01689&key=1
 
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RE: Scott Crossfield Plane Missing

Fri Apr 21, 2006 6:39 am

Turns me sad to know one of the greatest in aviation has died....
He was always one of my sources of inspiration.
R.I.P mr. Crossfield  frown 
 
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RE: Scott Crossfield Plane Missing

Fri Apr 21, 2006 6:47 am

[quote=Airwave,reply=13It seems almost tragically ironic that the man who made his name shattering records, sound barriers, and probably a few test aircraft along the way has been done in by the most staid of private aircraft--a Cessna.[/quote]

I found that cruelly ironic as well.

But at least the old chap died doing what he loved. Sounds trite, but a guy like Crossfield shouldn't go out getting hit by a bus either.
 
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RE: Scott Crossfield Plane Missing

Fri Apr 21, 2006 6:52 am

Is Chuck Yeager still flying? He was another one of my heroes
 
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RE: Scott Crossfield Plane Missing

Fri Apr 21, 2006 9:10 am

This is a true shame, he was a 'pioneer' to Aviation if you will. And as said a few posts above, he was atleast doing what he loved when he passed on.  Sad

Thanks
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RE: Scott Crossfield Plane Missing

Fri Apr 21, 2006 2:59 pm

A. Scott Crossfield, the hotshot test pilot and aircraft designer who in 1953 became the first man to fly at twice the speed of sound, was killed in the crash of his Cessna 210. How sad. He was 84.

What a pilot.

"Oh I Have Slipped The Surly Bonds of Earth... Put Out My Hand And Touched the Face of God".

God speed Scott.

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