Gliding World Records

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History of Gliding World Records

Sub-class DO (Open Class Gliders)
Category : General

- the current sub-classes are DO, D15, DU and DW
- the previous record classification system included sub-classes D1, D2, D1-M and D2-M which have all been discontinued in October 1997.
- some types of records have been discontinued throughout the years. Check the Sporting Code for the up-to-date list of the records that can be flown nowadays.

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additional documents available current record Absolute altitude : 15 460 m

Date of flight: 29/08/2006
Pilot: Steve FOSSETT (USA)
Course/place: El Calafate (Argentina)

Glider: Glaser-Dirks DG-505
Registered 'N577SF'

Database ID 14043
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past record Absolute altitude : 14 938 m

Date of flight: 17/02/1986
Pilot: Robert R. HARRIS (1932) (USA)
Course/place: California City, CA (USA)

Glider: Burkhart Grob G-102

Database ID 5011
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