Airbus Perlan 2 Glider Sets 76,000 ft. Altitude Record

Credit: Airbus
LOS ANGELES - The pressurized Airbus Perlan 2 sailplane reached an altitude of over 76,000 ft. on Sept. 2 over the Andes Mountains, eclipsing a previous record altitude of 73,737 ft. set by a jet-powered Lockheed Martin U-2C in 1989, and attaining what is believed to be the highest level-flight ever...
Guy Norris

Guy is a Senior Editor for Aviation Week, covering technology and propulsion. He is based in Colorado Springs.

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