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According to Futurism (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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