February 17, 1986


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

On February 17, 1986, pilot Bob Harris set a world altitude record of 49,009 feet in a single-seat Grob 102 Standard Astir III sailplane over the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California. The Grob 102, depicted in this painting, is on display at the Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.

Gift of Susan Rothermund and Bob Harris

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Physical Description

  • Grob 102 Glider setting World Altitude Record.
  • The painting depicts the historic event of pilot Bob Harris setting the World Altitude Record of 49,009 in a single seat Grob 102 Standard Astir III glider plane over the Sierra Nevada Mountain range in California on 2/17/1986. The original record setting Grob 102 depicted in the painting is on display at Hazy.

Credit Line

Gift of Robert Harris and Susan Rothermund.



Oil on canvas


  • 2-D - In Frame (H x W x D): 89.2 x 114.6 x 4.4cm (35 1/8 x 45 1/8 x 1 3/4 in.)
  • 2-D - Unframed (H x W): 73.7 x 99.7cm (29 in. x 39 1/4 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum



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