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ANALYSIS: Aiming for 90,000ft with Perlan 2 glider

Making its debut at EAA AirVenture 2015 is a new aircraft that is destined to shatter records. The Airbus-branded Perlan Mission II will take advantage of a little-known meteorological phenomenon called the Stratospheric Polar Night Jet to reach and fly at 90,000ft – piloted, winged and sustained flight at over 27,400m. Perlan 2 will fly higher than the Lockheed U-2 or SR-71, but is neither an exotically-shaped or scramjet-powered superplane. Remarkably, Perlan 2 is a glider.

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