Einar Enevoldson

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Einar Enevoldson (1984)

Einar Enevoldson (born June 15, 1932 in Seattle , Wash.) Is an American glider pilot and until 2018 was the world record holder for the highest altitude ever reached by a glider (15,460 m). Enevoldson is a former NASA test pilot who , among other things, flew twice the X-24B rocket glider, a preliminary stage of the space shuttle.

The record was flown on August 29, 2006 in a self-made “Perlan” , named after the project of the same name, which is based on a DG-505 . The second man on board was Steve Fossett . The flight took place in the Andes .

According to Fossett's description of the flight, they were uncoupled from a tow plane at an altitude of 4,000 meters and carried further over Patagonia by air currents . The flight lasted about four hours, with the outside temperature dropping to 57 degrees below zero. These conditions were compensated for by pressure suits. In the meantime (2018) the record was surpassed by the Perlan II project, which is now supported by Airbus . Jim Payne and Tim Gardner reached a height of over 23,200 m in the Perlan II on September 2, 2018 in the wave updrafts over Argentina

Individual evidence

  1. ^ NASA People - Einar K. Enevoldson. In: nasa.gov. NASA, accessed May 17, 2011 .
  2. FAI Record ID # 14043. (No longer available online.) Archived from the original on April 13, 2015 ; accessed on January 27, 2015 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.fai.org
  3. ^ Perlan project