Albert Scott Crossfield

Albert Scott Crossfield

United States Navy Officer
Born Oct 2, 1921

Albert Scott Crossfield was an American naval officer and test pilot.

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1921 Birth Born on October 2, 1921.


1946 24 Years Old Born in Berkeley, California, Crossfield grew up in California and Washington. He served with the U.S. Navy as a flight instructor and fighter pilot during World War II. From 1946 to 1950, he worked in the University of Washington's Kirsten Wind Tunnel while earning his bachelor's (1949) and master's degrees (1950) in aeronautical engineering.
1950 28 Years Old In 1950, Crossfield joined the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics' (NACA) High-Speed Flight Station (now the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center) at Edwards Air Force Base, California, as an aeronautical research pilot. … Read More


1953 31 Years Old …  On November 20, 1953, he became the first person to fly at twice the speed of sound as he piloted the Skyrocket to a speed of 1,291 mph (2,078 km/h, Mach 2.005). … Read More
1954 32 Years Old In September 1954, Crossfield was forced to make a dead stick landing in the North American F-100 Super Sabre he was evaluating at Dryden, a feat which North American's own test pilots doubted could be done, as the F-100 had a high landing speed. … Read More
1959 37 Years Old 1 More Event
On June 8, 1959, he completed the airplane's first flight, an unpowered glide from 37,550 feet.
1960 38 Years Old On June 8, 1960, he had another close call during ground tests with the XLR-99 engine. … Read More


1966 44 Years Old …  In 1966, he became the division's technical director for research engineering and test.
1967 45 Years Old In 1967, Crossfield joined Eastern Air Lines where he served as a division vice president for research and development and, subsequently, as a staff vice president working with U.S. military and civilian agencies on air traffic control technologies.


1974 52 Years Old In 1974-1975, he worked for Hawker Siddeley as a senior vice president supporting HS 146 activities in the United States.
1977 55 Years Old In 1977, he joined the United States House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology where he served, until his retirement in 1993, as a technical adviser on all aspects of civil aviation research and development and became one of the nation's leading advocates for a reinvigorated research airplane program. … Read More


1983 61 Years Old Crossfield was played by Scott Wilson in the 1983 film The Right Stuff. … Read More
1986 64 Years Old In 1986 he created and funded the A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Education Teacher of the Year Award presented annually under the stewardship of the Civil Air Patrol during the National Congress on Aerospace Education now called the National Conference on Aerospace Education (NCASE).
2001 79 Years Old From 2001 to 2003, Crossfield trained pilots Terry Queijo, Kevin Kochersberger, Chris Johnson and Ken Hyde for The Wright Experience, which prepared to fly a reproduction Wright Flyer on the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' first flight on December 17, 1903. … Read More
On April 19, 2006, a Cessna 210A piloted by Crossfield was reported missing while flying from Prattville, Alabama toward Manassas, Virginia. … Read More
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