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It happened today, on 31 August: altitude record, 37,650 m, with MiG-25 airplane

Lausanne, Switzerland - It was 1977: it still stands currently, after exactly forty years

Alexandr Vasilievich Fedotov, an official "Hero of the Soviet Union" and test pilot, set an FAI World Record for altitude on 31 August 1977 when he climbed to 37,650 m in his MiG-25 airplane. The record still stands today. Born on 23 June 1932 in Stalingrad in the then-USSR, he was a highly-esteemed Soviet test pilot and a graduate of the Moscow Aviation Institute. A test pilot since 1958 he had...

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