United States Navy VX-4
Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Four]

F-8H Crusader


Friday 20th February 1970

NAS Point Mugu
CDR Ralph L. Button


35 year old CDR Ralph L. Button was a Vought F8H Crusader pilot assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Four based at NAS Point Mugu.


On 20th February 1970, about 25 minutes into routine project flight,  the aircraft crashed  into the sea about 23 miles off the coastline killing the pilot"


photo - CDR Button's widow via

Dick Sherwood
(college roommate)

      Some extracts used in this Biography  were  provided thanks to the Dick Sherwood and Cdr Button's widow.