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Street at Edwards Renamed to Honor Scott Crossfield

Scott Crossfield
Scott Crossfield in 2005, by the X-15 mock-up on display at EAA's AirVenture Museum.

January 19, 2012 - From now on, anyone heading to the golf course at Edwards Air Force Base in California will take Crossfield Drive to the clubhouse, as the former Crest Drive was renamed for the legendary aviator and test pilot, Albert Scott Crossfield, at a special ceremony Wednesday, January 17. Crossfield, EAA 430120, became the first man to exceed Mach 2 - in the D-558-II Skyrocket - on November 20, 1953. He also was unofficially the first to fly past Mach 3.

The Antelope Valley Chapter of the International Test and Evaluation Association (ITEA) sponsored a luncheon honoring Crossfield on Wednesday. Ed Schneider, former chief pilot and deputy director of flight operations at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, highlighted Crossfield's many accomplishments.

Afterward Brig. Gen. Robert C. Nolan II, commander of the Air Force Flight Test Center at Edwards, hosted the street-naming dedication at the corner of Crest (now Crossfield) Drive and Manzanita Way.

Those in attendance included Crossfield's daughter, Sally Crossfield Farley, and her husband, Tom; his nephew and niece, Scott Brown and Kristin Hickman; and his close friend and fellow test pilot, Col. Gene Deatrick, United States Air Force, Ret.

Crossfield died on April 19, 2006, when his Cessna 210A crashed after encountering severe weather north of Atlanta, Georgia. He was 84.

Crossfield was the single most experienced rocket pilot ever, with 100 rocket flights logged. Awards included the National Aeronautics Association's International Clifford B. Harmon Trophy (1960) and the Collier Trophy (1961); the National Aviation Hall of Fame (1983); the International Space Hall of Fame (1988); and the Aerospace Walk of Honor (1990).

In 2002-2003, he served as technical adviser for EAA's Countdown to Kitty Hawk project, which successfully built and flew an exact reproduction of the 1903 Wright Flyer.

Crossfield was a founding member and fellow in the Society of Experimental Test Pilots. In 1986, he established the A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Education Teacher of the Year Award.

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