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    M2morris's Avatar Senior Member
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    Scott Crossfield died.
    This story is just too unfortunate for words and makes me angry and sad, I hope you all know who this guy was and what he did. What a lousy thing to have happen.

    http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/04/20/geo....ap/index.html
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    Hell of a pilot ... one of our unsung X-15 "space-men".

    Still ... flying at 84 and doing what he loved till the end ... hope I can.
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    i think its nice being 84 and still dieing in action
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    Its sad but Id much rather die like that than rotting in an old peoples home. R.I.P
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    I actually met the man while I was in high school in 1982. My girlfriend's family doctor was also a flight surgeon named Dr. Crane, who started an aviation themed fraternal organization after WWII called the IOC (International Order of Characters... they didn't take themselves too seriously.) I got invited to one of their dinners, with presentations by Col Gentry (narrating a film of him spin testing an F-4), Rudi Opitz standing in for a no-show speaker at the last minute (talking about some obsure aircraft called the Komet), and Scott Crossfield. Mr. Crossfield talked about his experiences with the X-15 program, including the ground test explosion (he was unhurt aside from temporarily loosing his hearing IIRC) and the fuselage break during a landing (due to trapped fuel on board, again IIRC.) I remember him as being very gracious to an ignorant high school student, and he gave me his autograph. I'm sorry to hear he's gone, but I guess there are worse ways for a test pilot/aerospace engineer to go.
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    Happy trails Scott Crossfield.

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    Ya, that is true I geuss, if youre gonna go thats probably a good way, especially at his age. Better than drying up in an old folkes home or something. Nice story Blottogg.
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    So long Scott.
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