TIL about Jean Boulet who in 1972 set the world record for the highest altitude reached in a helicopter, 40,280ft. During descent his engines failed, and he landed the helicopter without power, setting another record in the process for the highest unpowered helicopter landing.

Read more: https://www.thisdayinaviation.com/21-june-1972/

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  1. For reference, average altitude for helicopters to fly in is around 12,000 to 15,000 ft. and commerical flights fly between 35,000-42,000ft.

    He flew too close to the sun and still gave death a middle finger.

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