You are invited to an upcoming Aero Club luncheon on March 31, where Einar Enevolson will present on the Perlan 2 high altitude glider project. Feel free to share this invitation with your friends and bring them along for this presentation on a cutting edge aviation project!
But you must preregister to attend; no walks up at the door accepted. Register by March 24 to get the early bird discount price of $20. For registrations made on March 25 or later, the cost is $25 per person. In 2006, Einar Enevoldson and Steve Fossett set the world sailplane absolute altitude record of 50,722 feet in the original Perlan glider high over the Andes above Argentina. The Perlan 2's goal is to soar in the Stratospheric Polar Night Jet to 90,000 feet over the Patagonian Andes. Airbus is the lead sponsor of the project and Airbus Group chief executive Tom Enders recently visited the team's base in Oregon during the cabin pressurization testing. To date, nine flight tests have been completed for the Perlan 2. Einar is a lifelong glider pilot, former jet fighter pilot in the USAF, and an exchange officer with the Royal Air Force. He attended the Empire Test Pilot's School in Farnborough, Hampshire, England and served as a test pilot on the Hawker Hunter, English Electric Lightning, and Gloster Javelin British fighter aircraft. From 1968 until 1986, he was a NASA research pilot at the Dryden Flight Research Center. He was twice awarded the NASA Exceptional Service Medal as well as the U.S. Air Force's Distinguished Flying Cross. Einar flew the SR-71/YF-12A, F-111, F-14, F104, and the X-24B lifting body. Come hear Enevoldson present on the engineering design and flight challenges in flying a glider to new heights! The luncheon starts at 11:30 AM, though the doors open at 11:15 AM. The location is Michaels at Shoreline, 2960 N Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View, CA. We expect to conclude around 1 PM.