FAI Records

60 years ago today: Sputnik 1 and the Dawn of Space

History changed 60 years ago on 4 October 1957:

On this day in history: Alexandr Fedotov flies into the record books

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 37,650m in his MiG-25. The record still stands today.

First Women's Records

Helen Boucher - France2
Read the fascinating story of the first women to break records.


World and Continental records


Since the beginning of aviation, pilots have always tried to surpass themselves, to fly further, faster and higher. A pilot often needed great determination and courage just to take-off, let alone to put his aircraft through its full paces and try to push back the frontiers of the possible. Even today, adventurers such as Solar Impulse pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, Troy Badley and Leonid Tiukhtyaev who completed the crossing of the Pacific Ocean on a gas balloon, often still venture into uncharted territory.