Albert Scott Crossfield

Albert Scott Crossfield

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Albert Scott Crossfield (October 2, 1921 – April 19, 2006), normally known as Scott Crossfield, was an American naval officer and test pilot.

Biography

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: Off to Edwards AFB

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.

Crossfield demonstrated his flight test skills on his very first student solo. His instructor was not available on the designated early morning, so Crossfield, on his own, took off and went through maneuvers he had practiced with his instructor, including spin entry and spin recovery. During the first spin, Crossfield experienced vibrations, banging, and noise in the aircraft that he had never encountered with his instructor. He recovered, climbed to a higher altitude, and repeated his spin entry and spin recovery, getting the same vibration, banging and noise. On his...
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