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Scott Crossfield Foundation Formed to Support Aerospace Education

April 17 2008 — Establishment of the Scott Crossfield Foundation, announced this week, will continue and expand upon the lifelong work of the legendary aviator. Its mission is twofold: to promote the A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Education Teacher of the Year Award, which recognizes and rewards K-12 teachers for outstanding achievements in aerospace education; and to support other organizations in the advancement of aerospace and aerospace education.

Created and funded by Crossfield in 1986, the award has been given 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). After Crossfield's death in 2006 and the shift of NCASE from an annual to a biannual conference, his daughter, Sally Crossfield Farley, moved the award to the National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF). It's now presented during the Enshrinement Weekend each July in Dayton, Ohio.

Crossfield was inducted into the NAHF in 1983 in recognition of his contributions as a naval aviator, aerospace engineer, and test pilot. He is best known as the first man to successfully fly at speeds of Mach 2 and Mach 3, and contributing to the safety of manned space flight, among his many other achievements.

To help support the Foundation, limited edition reproduction prints of William J. Reynolds' painting, "On The Way To The Stars," are available for purchase through the Foundation website, www.scottcrossfieldfoundation.org. These 27-year-old, mint condition prints have been stored flat in acid-free materials and have never been framed. Each is numbered and signed in pencil by the artist, with a limited number also signed by Crossfield. All prints come with a Certificate of Authenticity.

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