LOS ANGELES - The pressurized Airbus Perlan 2 sailplane reached an altitude of over 76,000 ft. on Sept. 2 over the Andes Mountains, eclipsing a previous record altitude of 73,737 ft. set by a jet-powered Lockheed Martin U-2C in 1989, and attaining what is believed to be the highest level-flight ever by a manned, winged, subsonic aircraft. The flight was the culmination of a week of record-setting sorties for the 84-ft.-span Perlan 2, with previous new altitudes set on Aug. 28 (65,000 ft.) ...

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