Dr. Elizabeth Austin, the lead Meteorologist for the Perlan Project has released a book: Treading On Thin Air: Atmospheric Physics, Forensic Meteorology, and Climate Change: How Weather Shapes Our Everyday Lives. In the book, Dr. Austin has extensive narrative about the Perlan Project.
July 7, 2016 was Perlan 2 loading day. The all up weight of loaded container was about 17,000 pounds or 8,000 kg. (Jim and Greg split the betting pool on all up weight.) The team in photo from the right Jim, Stewart, Greg, Doug, Morgan, and Jackie have put in incredibly long hours for days and weeks.
Loading Day for Perlan 2 glider at Minden! Thanks to awesome preparation and planning by the Mindenites we were ready to pack the trailer into the pre-loaded container.
The Perlan 2 glider will have a nice warm home in El Calafate thanks to the Aero Club Lago Argentino. Freddy Representaciones and German Muller have taken good care of the Perlan Project. The winter sunrise at the airport is 9:30 am. Can't wait to see the Perlan showcased inside the hangar! Perlan Soars! Jackie
In El Calafate, Tago is Perlan Project's chief of logistics. He was interviewed by the radio show "Ahora Calafate." With him were Freddy Vergnolle and German Muller from the local aero club. They will be our hosts at the airport.
The Perlan 2 glider will be the "best dressed" glider in all of Argentina! Clouddancer Covers enthusiastically took our drawings and diagrams and created these fabulous covers. They will make crewing so much easier for this one-of-a-kind sailplane! Perlan soars higher on the wings of our sponsors! Jackie
As you might imagine, this expedition to Patagonia takes an amazing amount of preparation. For the past months, Greg Scates has provided expertise in carbon fiber work inside the glider. Now Greg has shifted to welding to prepare the container for ocean shipping. The huge trailer was designed by Cobra to fit inside a 40 foot container by making the tongue removable.