Airbus Perlan Sets New World Soaring Record

Credit: Perlan 2: Airbus
EL CALAFATE, Argentina—The Perlan 2 stratospheric glider flew to 52,172 ft. over the Andes Mountains on Sept. 3, establishing a new world altitude record for sailplanes and marking a key step on the way toward an eventual target of 90,000 ft. The 82-ft.-span pressurized aircraft was lifted to high...

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