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Nevada pilots fliy glider to world record in South America

September 8, 2018

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Pilots from a Nevada glider team flew to record heights above the Andes Mountains in Argentina using only wind as their engine.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports an experimental sailplane built by a Minden-based Perlan Project team set an unofficial world altitude record for engineless flight on Sunday, then broke that record by more than a half-mile two days later.

Pilots Jim Payne and Miguel Iturmendi flew the Perlan 2 aircraft to 63,776 feet (19,439 meters) on Tuesday, 3,107 feet (947 meters) higher than Sunday’s flight by Payne and Morgan Sandercock.

That’s about 3 miles (about 5 kilometers) above the highest altitude used by commercial flights.

Payne says at that altitude, “the sky is starting to get dark” and you can see the curve of the Earth.

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Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com

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