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ColinBurgess
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posted 05-01-2006 08:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ColinBurgess   Click Here to Email ColinBurgess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There are reports on the Astroaddies site that test pilot Al White passed away last Saturday.

Aztecdoug
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posted 05-01-2006 09:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Aztecdoug   Click Here to Email Aztecdoug     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I thought I couldn't feel any sadder after hearing about the loss of Scott Crossfield, and now Al White too.

The world is a better place, and our lives are richer for having shared time on Earth together with Al White. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

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Douglas Henry

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albatron@aol.com
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posted 05-01-2006 11:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for albatron@aol.com   Click Here to Email albatron@aol.com     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You are correct Colin, I first published it to the aviation history list I own, as well as the astronauts.

Ironically, Al was Crossfields back up for the X-15 program.

This is hitting me hard, two friends in this short a span of time. He and I were to travel to Dayton, Ohio this July for Bob White's NAHF induction, as a sort of follow up for Al's nomination to the NAHF. Al & Bob flew in the same fighter group/squadron in WWII.

Sad indeed. Doug you were with us in the lobby of the Park Plaza with Joe Cotton. Did it sink in right then that was the first flight crew of the XB-70?

A true pioneer aerospace-man.

hinkler
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posted 05-02-2006 12:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for hinkler   Click Here to Email hinkler     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Godspeed Al White.

Regards, Ian from Oz.

machbusterman
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posted 05-02-2006 01:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for machbusterman   Click Here to Email machbusterman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What a terrible week it has been. I was at the Park Plaza that day too and had the pleasure of spending time with both Al White and Joe Cotton:

I feel very honoured and fortunate to have met Al White and right now my thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family.

Godspeed Al...

Kind regards,

Derek

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Aztecdoug
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posted 05-02-2006 11:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Aztecdoug   Click Here to Email Aztecdoug     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by albatron@aol.com:
Sad indeed. Doug you were with us in the lobby of the Park Plaza with Joe Cotton. Did it sink in right then that was the first flight crew of the XB-70?

Al at the time I was just in such awe that Al White was there in person. I certainly had XB-70 on my mind at the time. But I wasn't putting all the pieces together.

One thing I have learned the hard way over the past 6 months is that as much as I want, and try, to appreciate those special moments, the real time reflecting tends to get lost in the fluidity of the moment. There is a mistaken sense that I, or even all of us share, that these moments are not unique, and they will replay for us over and over again.

But, sadly, fate has other business to take care of, and we are left with passing smiles, glances, or some trivial remarks that are our last memories of people that we really meant to say so much more too that last time, had we known.

We are left with memories, prayer and faith that we will all meet again in a better place.

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Douglas Henry

Enjoy yourself and have fun.... it is only a hobby!
http://home.earthlink.net/~aztecdoug/

Edited by Aztecdoug

cddfspace
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posted 05-02-2006 12:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cddfspace   Click Here to Email cddfspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Godspeed Al White!

CDDFSPACE

Jurg Bolli
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posted 05-02-2006 02:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jurg Bolli   Click Here to Email Jurg Bolli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very well said, Doug.
Jurg

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