Into the Stratosphere Without an Engine

“New world glider altitude record set by Fossett and Enevoldson in Argentina
50,671 feet (15,447 m) achieved by ‘Perlan’ - the first ever glider flight into the earth’s stratosphere. Previous record shattered by 1,662 ft (507m).”

Granted that getting a glider into the stratosphere would be no easy feat, I hardly call beating the record by 3% “shattering” the old record. But I understand that it’s THEIR wording and not yours.

Congrats to those daring young men in their flying machine! I gotta envy Steve for his passion, drive and endurance (as well as his money).