Scott Crossfield killed in crash

 - September 18, 2006, 5:57 AM

Legendary 1950s/1960s test pilot Scott Crossfield died alone in his Cessna T210 when it crashed in Georgia on April 19. He was 84. The first man to fly at Mach 2 (in November 1953) and at Mach 3 (seven years later), Crossfield is remembered not only for his missions in the X-15 four decades ago but more recently for the active role he played in the preparations for a younger pilot than he to fly a Wright Flyer replica at Kitty Hawk at the appointed moment on Dec. 17, 2003. Tributes to Crossfield were posted swiftly by all segments of the aerospace industry, from sport aviation to the big-league institutes and associations.