Sunday, April 28

Inspired by Scott

On occasion before, I have admitted to aviation inspiration in my cycling, such as here, here, and here. In my last cycling commute, on April 5th, I took my cycling commute inspiration from another source; a fellow University of Washington alum. Scott Crossfield.

Scott appeared in a supporting role in "The Right Stuff" as a "civilian pilot" of the D558-2 that was the first plane to exceed Mach 2. Less well known was his attitude towards flight that was demonstrated in his role as chief contractor test pilot in the X-15 program. Scott endured much in that program, including a vehicle that exploded under him, and another that broke as he performed an emergency landing. Even so, in his last X-15 flight, he followed orders and did not exceed Mach 3 or climb into space. Watch the embedded video starting 46 minutes and 50 seconds in and for the following minute.

That example was my inspiration for my commute on April 5th. I went in and came home. No close calls, no "death on my left," no attempts to advocate cycling by exaggerating its danger (no links for this one, but I'm sure my loyal reader can think of many such sites and organizations). Simply getting the job done.

Thanks, Scott. UW Aero Class of 1947. Watch starting at about 46 minutes and 50 seconds in to the video. The entire show is, IMO, worth watching but that segment contains Scott's recollections and attitude. Simply getting the job done. So now we can move on to new topics...


Scott Crossfield Gets the Job Done Starting at 46:50
 

3 comments:

RANTWICK said...

Nice. Just gettin' it done. How is commute-less existence feeling? Pros and Cons I am sure.

Death on my Left guy is a perplexing dude. Seems to have good intentions, but...

Have you seen his youtube "study" claiming that taking the lane is more, not less, dangerous for the cyclist?

Steve A said...

The study is what you would expect from the author. Myself, I'd rather simply get along with my motorists and simply "get the job done." The data really DOES support that. Zero close calls in five years of commuting versus "death drives on my left." Well, except when smooth pavement was taken away. Nuf sed...

RANTWICK said...

Amen, brother Steve.

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