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Scott Crossfield

Scott Crossfield (first person to fly twice the speed of sound) beside an X-15, by Allan Grant, 1960s

Scott Crossfield Test Pilot Signed Douglas D558-2 Skyrocket At The Edge Of Space

Test pilot Scott Crossfield standing in front of the X-15. (October 1958)

Test pilot Albert Scott Crossfield with X-15 56-6670 attached to the right wing pylon of NB-52A 52-003 at Edwards Air force Base. (North American Aviation Inc.)

The first X-15 flight was a captive-carry unpowered test by Albert Scott Crossfield, on 8 June 1959. Crossfield also piloted the first powered flight, on 17 September 1959, and his first flight with the XLR-99 rocket engine on 15 November 1960. Twelve test pilots flew the X-15. Among these were Neil Armstrong, later a NASA astronaut and first man to set foot on the Moon, and Joe Engle, later a commander of NASA Space Shuttle test flights.