JS-Kit/Echo comments for article at http://smallestminority.blogspot.com/2006/04/he-died-doing-what-he-loved.html (7 comments)

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jsid-1145718742-359245  ben at Sat, 22 Apr 2006 15:12:22 +0000

We was a UW Aerospace Alum too. BS '49, MS '50.

jsid-1145762478-359296  rws at Sun, 23 Apr 2006 03:21:18 +0000

While I hate to be a wet blanket... bad weather, Cessna 210(high flyer for the elites), and a sense of invulnerability common to folks like test piots...I think this one will go down in the annals of " pilot continued on into deteriorating conditions and struck the earth at high rate of speed"

God Speed.

jsid-1145830280-359345  akaky at Sun, 23 Apr 2006 22:11:20 +0000

rws is right; Crossfield walked away from so many of these things that he might have thought he was invulnerable, but I think if he had to go, this is the way he'd prefer to go.

jsid-1145841621-359350  Dan at Mon, 24 Apr 2006 01:20:21 +0000

Indications are that the FAA failed to track him and a number of other planes closely enough in a fast-developing weather situation. Obviously, that's not a concrete explanation, nor an accusation against the air traffic controllers, but in Crossfield's defense, someone with his resume does not live and fly to 84 without being extraordinarily careful.

jsid-1145898158-359414  Scott H at Mon, 24 Apr 2006 17:02:38 +0000

Avweb is reporting that he was hit by lightning. RIP to a great man.

jsid-1145984665-359532  markm at Tue, 25 Apr 2006 17:04:25 +0000

What reason does an 84 year old man have to be careful when flying his airplane, anyhow? At that age, you need to be careful about broken bones and other things that could put you in the hospital, so I wouldn't recommend parachute jumping. But if kills you outright, you've only missed a few years of life, along with such delightful possibilities as senile dementia and prostate cancer...

jsid-1146033898-359626  OldeForce at Wed, 26 Apr 2006 06:44:58 +0000

Mark Donahue (sp?) was a driver for the Penke team. Died during a Formula 1 practice in Europe. Said one time that if he were to die while at the wheel of a race car, we weren't to grieve - he was doing what he liked to do, and he was damned good at it. (But be really pissed off if a school bus took him out!) And, he wondered, how many "poor bastrads" died at their desks, hating their jobs. It hurt when his wife/widow sued Penske and the Goodyear tire company.

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