This Is the Weirdest Aircraft You’ve Ever Seen, and It Just Broke an Important Record

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According to (This article and its images were originally posted on Futurism September 4, 2018 at 05:02PM.)

ENGINES ARE FOR LOSERS. 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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This article and images were originally posted on [Futurism] September 4, 2018 at 05:02PM. Credit to Author Kristin Houser and Futurism | ESIST.T>G>S Recommended Articles Of The Day.

 

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