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Have there been attempts to break Jean Boulet's 1972 helicopter records? (highest altitude and longest unpowered descent)

So this is the incredible photo of a man accidentally setting a world record. In 1972 a French pilot named Jean Boulet set out to break the world record for the highest altitude ever reached in a ...
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Has anyone ever heard of a Bresthaven Dragon-Fly III?

In James Thurber’s classic short story The Greatest Man In The World, the main character, lowlife hooligan Jack ‘Pal’ Smurch, attains the heights of fame when he flies an airplane around the world ...
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Who was the first person to fly above 20,000 feet, and what aircraft was used?

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things You ...
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What is the longest recorded nonstop flight made in a Cessna 172 without receiving external fuel?

What is the record for the longest flight (by either time or ground distance covered) made in a Cessna 172 without obtaining fuel from an external source after take-off? Extra fuel tanks are fine, as ...
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