Airbus Perlan Sets New World Soaring Record

Credit: Airbus Group
El Calafate, Argentina--The Perlan 2 stratospheric glider flew to 52,172 feet over the Andes mountains on September 3, establishing a new world altitude record for sailplanes and marking a key step on the way towards an eventual target of 90,000 ft. The 82-ft span pressurized aircraft was lifted to...
Guy Norris

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

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