AIAA mourns the passing of Scott Crossfield

20 April 2005 ­ Reston, VA ­ Famed aerospace pioneer and X-15 pilot Scott Crossfield was found dead on April 20 in the wreckage of a single-engine plane in northern Georgia.

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) mourns the passing of this aerospace titan and true gentleman and extends its heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.

Crossfield was the first man to fly faster than both twice the speed of sound (November 20, 1953) and three times the speed of sound (November 15, 1960). His many achievements were recognized by AIAA with its highest designation of Honorary Fellow in 1999.

AIAA President Roger J. Simpson says, "Scott Crossfield was first and foremost an exceptional aviator. He not only conquered the speed of sound, he rose above the ordinary in all he did ­ whether in the air, the boardroom, on Capitol Hill or with school children. AIAA is honored to have had his brilliance guide our Evolution of Flight Committee. His contributions to the industry and nation will long be remembered. We will miss our dear friend."

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