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Basil
09-15-2016, 09:04 AM
Glider Will Attempt Record-Breaking Flight to Edge of Space (https://www.livescience.com/56087-perlan-glider-flight-to-edge-of-space.html)

(Who would have thought a glider could attempt anything?)

SaxMan
09-15-2016, 01:09 PM
They mention in the article that the current fixed wing record is held be the SR-71 at 85,000 and some odd feet. Wouldn't the X-15 be considered a fixed wing aircraft? Or even the NF-104?

Gliderman8
09-15-2016, 01:12 PM
(Who would have thought a glider could attempt anything?)

44712

Basil
09-15-2016, 02:00 PM
44712

You missed my point. The pilot flying the glider might attempt a record, but the glider is an object and thus incapable of "attempting" anything.

Mickey Richaud
09-15-2016, 02:08 PM
44712

Yeah, I was wonderin' if you were gonna show up...

NutmegCT
09-15-2016, 02:45 PM
You missed my point. The pilot flying the glider might attempt a record, but the glider is an object and thus incapable of "attempting" anything.

But, a glider *pilot* can attempt anything!

To dream ... the impossible dream ...

44713

Gliderman8
09-15-2016, 03:01 PM
You missed my point. The pilot flying the glider might attempt a record, but the glider is an object and thus incapable of "attempting" anything.
Point taken but without that "object" the pilot is sitting in the attempt could not happen. Technology and the brains to operate it go hand in hand.

PC
09-15-2016, 04:51 PM
They mention in the article that the current fixed wing record is held be the SR-71 at 85,000 and some odd feet. Wouldn't the X-15 be considered a fixed wing aircraft? Or even the NF-104?
Probably just sloppy reporting. The Blackbird doesn't even make the list (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flight_altitude_record).

Then again, maybe it does for sustained, wing lifted horizontal flight. The real high fliers like X-15 and SpaceShipOne (that finally broke X-15's record (if'n you don't count the shuttles)) were rocket propelled and ballistic in terminal altitude phase. And many of the the jet records are with rocket assist and/or "zoom climb" flight profiles.

https://mfwright.com/nf104.jpg