Review: Exploring The Monster

While the Perlan Project has been hard at work during March, there isn’t much visible progress we can share on the blog. However, one item of research was reading Exploring the Monster by Robert F. Whelan.

Exploring the Monster, Mountain Lee Waves: the Aerial Elevator tells the story of wave soaring from its initial discovery in Germany in 1933 to the Sierra Project of 1951-52 and the Jet Stream Project of 1955. Amazingly, some of the people who flew those earliest wave flights are still alive and living in California.

Phase 2 Begins

 

After more than a year of low activity, the Perlan project has secured fresh funding and is able to start construction on the Phase 2 glider.  Morgan Sandercock, a glider pilot from Australia, has agreed to fund the construction of the pressurised fuselage.  Additional funds will be required in the next two years to construct the wings and transport the glider to Argentina.

In the photo above Morgan (right) and Einar shake hands on the deal.