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Sailplane reaches 76,100 ft altitudeAirbus sponsored flight smashes previous record. Flight took advantage of a mountain wave where Antarctic winds hit the Andes Mountains in South America. (www.nbcnews.com) More...
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Folks, if the number doesn't really stagger you, you ain't got a clue! The highest I ever went was 47,000 in an empty C650 and that empty includes fuel. This guy is nearly 30,000 feet higher and only 10,000 feet lower than the SR71 max. operational and normal operational for a U/TR2 spy plane. With no thrust! Bet it was a pretty awesome view.
Must've been pretty rough down low at 470. I found smooth air at 495 in a 55...
LOL,how'd you get it up there? Must have been -70. I flew S.N. 147 (last one) some for LLM and it was a great airplane but a pretty high BOW and certainly no over achiever in performance. Cheers.
Not to mention peaceful! I cannot imagine what it must be like at that altitude with no sound of an engine.
You hear your heartbeat!
Great personal perspective Bentwing!
And, "The new altitude record might not last long."
Been to 510 in Lears but can't imagine 761 in a glider. Highest I've been in a glider is 10000.