Pretty stoked to see my photo grace the cover of the New York Times Science Section, even if I did get a C in Chemistry. Can you imagine flying in a glider? No engine, no fuel, just you and the wind currents to move you along. Now imagine doing that at 90,000 feet, that's 17 miles, in the air and basically kissing the ozone layer? The glider, the Perlan II will have a wingspan of 84 feet and weigh just 1,700 pounds, including the crew, and cost over $7.5 million.
Ok, now imagine doing it at 81 years old.
That's the plan for Einar K. Enevoldson, a guy who has been flying gliders since 1947. And why not? What a way to go.