Thursday, April 20, 2006

Scott Crossfield 1921 - 2006

I just heard the news about the loss of Scott Crossfield, the first pilot to reach Mach 2 (1,320 mph) and who flew the X-series research aircraft.

There is more about Scott Crossfield's life and career on this page over at

As I was reading the official press release on the NASA site, I noticed that Crossfield was involved with the reliability engineering and quality assurance for the Apollo command and service modules and Saturn V second stage.

That part stands out for me because I think how mind-boggling it must have been to break the Mach 2 barrier and fly the X-15 plane to the edge of space and be part of putting humans on the moon.

What an extraordinary life...84 years...ended too soon.

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