This Is the Weirdest Aircraft You’ve Ever Seen, and It Just Broke an Important Record
“Turns out, you don’t actually need an engine in order to fly ridiculously high.
On Sunday, Airbus’s Perlan 2 glider soared to an altitude of 76,000 feet over Argentina’s El Calafate region. It had two human pilots on board. This broke the high-altitude human flight record, last set by Lockheed Martin’s U2 spy plane in 1989.
A jet engine powered that craft. But the Perlan 2 just needed powerful airstreams to reach its record-breaking altitude…”
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