Klaus Ohlmann is no stranger to daring aviation records – he has broken over 40, including the world's longest glider flight.
During a solo flight earlier this month, the German air maestro soared over the world's highest mountain.
Flying a Stemme S10 VT motorglider, which launches under engine power, Ohlmann made the successful flight as part of the Mountain Wave Project, a research expedition to measure air quality, local wind conditions and survey glaciers around Everest with unique 3D cameras.
The view from the top of the world was stunning.
After reaching 6,000m, he switched off the motor over the Nepalese village of Lukla and then climbed using the so-called mountain waves, or undulating currents, which allow the glider to gain height.
“Between Pumori and the entrance of the Khumbu Glacier, there was smooth lift on the ridge,” he said. “It was unbelievable and wonderful to surf along the lowest part of the Everest ridge. From 7,500m the lift went better and I could reach the summit in the wave. The view from the top of the world was stunning.”
When he's not setting records, Ohlmann runs a flying school in France. For more info, check out his website.
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