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 October 2, 1921, in Berkeley, California, Crossfield grew up in California and Washington. … Read More


1946 24 Years Old From 1946 to 1950, he worked in the University of Washington's Kirsten Wind Tunnel while earning his Bachelor of Science degree in 1949 and Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering in 1950.
1950 28 Years Old In 1950, Crossfield joined the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics' (NACA) High-Speed Flight Station (later called the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, and now named the Neil A. Armstrong 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 deadstick landing in the North American F-100 Super Sabre he was evaluating at Dryden (now the Neil A. Armstrong Flight Research Center), a feat which North American's own test pilots doubted could be done, as the F-100 had a high landing speed. … Read More
1955 33 Years Old Crossfield left NACA in 1955 … 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. … Read More
1960 38 Years Old On June 8, 1960, he had another close call during ground tests with the XLR-99 engine. … Read More
1961 39 Years Old In 1961, A. Scott Crossfield became division director of test and quality assurance for NAA's Paraglider project.


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 - 1986 2 More Events
1991 69 Years Old In the 1991 Discovery Channel series Frontiers of Flight, Crossfield claimed he " probably had more centrifuge time, pressure suit time and pressure chamber time and all of that than any man alive."
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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