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Highest Altitude Flown  
User currently offlineairplaneguy From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 52 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 5375 times:

Fellow Nutters,

What is the highest altitude at which you've flown?

This is question is open to passengers, pilots (comm., military, cargo, etc.), flight attendants, heck, even astronauts.

My record is 42,000 ft, Westjet, TPA-YYZ.

Airplaneguy.

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User currently offline817Dreamliiner From Montserrat, joined Jul 2008, 2472 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5365 times:

Dont think ive gone higher than 41,000ft, This was on my flight from ANU-LGW on BA.


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User currently offlineflymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7212 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5342 times:

I think in an airliner I've been up to 41,000ft.

Flying OPF-HPN-OPF in a citation soverign we went up to 46,000ft.



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User currently offline777fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2504 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5343 times:

I know for a fact it's been FL410 on several occasions, one of which was on a 757 (ORD-BWI) just a few years ago. In nearly every instance, it was part of an unanticipated effort to avoid weather.

I swear that as a kid (early to mid-80s), we once topped off at FL420 on a ORD-HNL flight (UA 747-200), although technically, I'm not even sure if that was possible.

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User currently onlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17078 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 5339 times:

As far as I remember it is FL410.


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User currently offlineRushmoreAir From United States of America, joined Nov 2011, 22 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 5338 times:

FL 430 on a QF A380 SYD-LAX.


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User currently offlineweb500sjc From United States of America, joined Sep 2009, 749 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 5338 times:
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FL430 Gulfstream G-IV SP, EGE-SNA....that's my record and I don't expect it to be broken

Quoting airplaneguy (Thread starter):

I don't believe FL410 is open for flights... It's not valid cruising altitude I the United States/ most of the world. RVSM stops at FL410 eastbound and then the next jump is FL430 westbound and so on upwards alternating directions every 2000 feet.



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User currently offlinezrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3178 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 5330 times:

Concorde. I think it was around 55k.


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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25626 posts, RR: 22
Reply 8, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 5317 times:

Quoting airplaneguy (Thread starter):
My record is 42,000 ft, Westjet, TPA-YYZ.

The FAA type certificate data sheet shows 41,000 ft. as the maximum operating altitude for all 737NG models.

Quoting zrs70 (Reply 7):
Concorde. I think it was around 55k

I think 60,000 ft. was the maximum operating altitude. In any case, my highest altitude would be my one Concorde flight JFK-LHR in July 1989.


User currently offlineWilco737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9076 posts, RR: 76
Reply 9, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 5188 times:
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My highest so far was in the MD11F from MEX to DFW, almost empty and we got up to FL430.

Quoting airplaneguy (Thread starter):
My record is 42,000 ft, Westjet, TPA-YYZ.
Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 8):
The FAA type certificate data sheet shows 41,000 ft. as the maximum operating altitude for all 737NG models.

Yes, max altitiude of the 737 NG is 41,000 feet.

wilco737
  



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User currently offlineCitationjet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2444 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 5140 times:

My highest altitude was FL410 in a Citation Mustang. My highest altitude occurred in the smallest jet I have flown in.

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User currently offlinerwy04lga From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 3176 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 5128 times:

11,520' in a Piper Archer(me as PIC)....41,000' in a DL 777 just N of Barrow.


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User currently offlineairplaneguy From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 52 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 5126 times:

Wow, awesome information. I guess mine wasn't 42,000, but if I do remember correctly, it was somewhere in the 40,000's. Now, 55,000, that's something!!!

User currently offlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6348 posts, RR: 31
Reply 13, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 5090 times:
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I seem to recall going up to 45,000 one time on an AR 747SP on the LIM-EZE part. I could be wrong. Can the SP fly that high?

User currently offlinedaviation From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 5088 times:

I'm not sure if my memory is correct. DL 757 from PBI - ATL, 43000 feet. My children were toddlers then, so I was very preoccupied, but I do recall saying holy s__t, that's the highest I've ever been! I was particularly struck because it was such a short flight.

Is it possible?


User currently offlineflymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7212 posts, RR: 9
Reply 15, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 5085 times:

Quoting Citationjet (Reply 10):
My highest altitude was FL410 in a Citation Mustang. My highest altitude occurred in the smallest jet I have flown in.

Same here. For people who have flow in Biz Jets this is probably fairly common given they almost always fly higher than the airliners.

Quoting daviation (Reply 14):
I'm not sure if my memory is correct. DL 757 from PBI - ATL, 43000 feet. My children were toddlers then, so I was very preoccupied, but I do recall saying holy s__t, that's the highest I've ever been! I was particularly struck because it was such a short flight.

Is it possible?

42,000ft is the max altitude for a 757. So maybe it was FL420.



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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25626 posts, RR: 22
Reply 16, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 5082 times:

Quoting AR385 (Reply 13):
I seem to recall going up to 45,000 one time on an AR 747SP on the LIM-EZE part. I could be wrong. Can the SP fly that high?

Maximum certified operating altitude for all 747 models is 45,100 ft. with only 2 exceptions:

-400LCF (the "Dreamlifter", the 4 heavily-modified -400 freighters used to carry 787 components) - 43,100 ft
-8F freighter - 42,100 ft (not the passenger -8 which is 45,100 ft. like all earlier 747 models)


User currently offlinejetblue777 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 1458 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 5081 times:

I believe mine was onboard OZ 744 JFK-ICN FL390

jetBlue777



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User currently offlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6348 posts, RR: 31
Reply 18, posted (1 year 10 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 5076 times:
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Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 16):
Maximum certified operating altitude for all 747 models is 45,100 ft. with only 2 exceptions:

thanks. Then probably my recollection was correct.


User currently offlineCitationjet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2444 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 5027 times:

Quoting Citationjet (Reply 10):
My highest altitude was FL410 in a Citation Mustang. My highest altitude occurred in the smallest jet I have flown in.
Quoting flymia (Reply 15):
Same here. For people who have flow in Biz Jets this is probably fairly common given they almost always fly higher than the airliners.

I was the only passenger on the 4 pax seat aircraft, and I remember sitting there watching the larger airliners flying below us.



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User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1692 posts, RR: 30
Reply 20, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 4984 times:

FL410 on a LH A343 FRA-KUL many years ago...


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User currently offlineflylonghaul From Australia, joined Feb 2010, 147 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 4953 times:

QF SIN-LHR FL420 from memory. Which I thought was strange as had never gone above 410 before that


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User currently offlineAllegiantAir From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 1733 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 4930 times:

I went to 6000 feet in a Tomahawk once.   


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User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7752 posts, RR: 18
Reply 23, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 4927 times:

41,000 PHX-CVG last year
40,000 NRT-SEA this year  



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User currently offlinenipoel123 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2011, 271 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 4926 times:

Quoting AllegiantAir (Reply 22):
I went to 6000 feet in a Tomahawk once.

Which is quite high for said plane. I've only taken her up to 4500, which over here is measured in FL already. From fellow pilots I've heard the Tomahawk can reach 10000, but only in the right conditions and the last 1000 feet will go very slow...



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User currently offlinejetmech From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 2699 posts, RR: 53
Reply 25, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 5014 times:

The highest I've been was 41,000ft in a DJ 737-700 doing SYD-MEL. I was amazed that one would bother getting up so high for such a short sector.


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User currently offlineVhqpa From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 1476 posts, RR: 1
Reply 26, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4981 times:

Quoting jetmech (Reply 25):

I can top that 

FL410 (albeit very briefly) ROK-BNE DJ 737-700 to avoid storms. I believe it was only 5 minutes between TOC and TOD.

I've been at FL410 on other 737NG sectors but only the once on a 279nm sector.

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User currently offlinelonghauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 5041 posts, RR: 43
Reply 27, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 5033 times:

In Canada the big issue is what happens in the cockpit. When the aircraft is above FL410, then one pilot must be wearing an oxygen mask, and supplying oxygen. So, often even when the aircraft was capable, higher than FL410 was often declined. I have been higher just once, (as a pilot), but only to do it once, we went to FL430.

This is Canadian law though, procedures and requirements are likely different between countries.

AC, has since limited the B767s to FL400, so I will have to wait for the B787 to go higher. Having flown on Concorde a few times, I have been higher than FL430 as a passenger.



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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25626 posts, RR: 22
Reply 28, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 4959 times:

Quoting jetmech (Reply 25):
The highest I've been was 41,000ft in a DJ 737-700 doing SYD-MEL. I was amazed that one would bother getting up so high for such a short sector.

It's also common in Europe. I've been on several KL 737NGs, especially the -700s, at 40,000 or 41,000 ft. even on 1-hr flights like GVA-AMS (13 nm shorter than SYD-MEL).


User currently offlinelonghauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 5041 posts, RR: 43
Reply 29, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 4957 times:

Quoting jetmech (Reply 25):
The highest I've been was 41,000ft in a DJ 737-700 doing SYD-MEL.
Quoting Vhqpa (Reply 26):
FL410 (albeit very briefly) ROK-BNE DJ 737-700 to avoid storms. I believe it was only 5 minutes between TOC and TOD.
Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 28):
I've been on several KL 737NGs, especially the -700s, at 40,000 or 41,000 ft. even on 1-hr flights like GVA-AMS (13 nm shorter than SYD-MEL).

I remember reading in a performance textbook that the most efficient flight profile is a parabola. Going from climb thrust and climbing right to idle thrust and descending. I can only hope it is done smoothly!



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User currently offlineB777LRF From Luxembourg, joined Nov 2008, 1384 posts, RR: 3
Reply 30, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 4929 times:

59.500 onboard a Speedbird Concorde.


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User currently offlinejetmech From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 2699 posts, RR: 53
Reply 31, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4906 times:

Quoting Vhqpa (Reply 26):
Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 28):

Fair enough. It's obviously very much worth the effort to get high even for such short sectors. I suppose it's no real trouble for a 737-700 to get up and fly at that altitude, given the likely light fuel load and shorter, lighter fuselage. One of my favourite aircraft types too   .

Quoting longhauler (Reply 29):

I seem to remember one of the pilots saying as much as well.

Regards, JetMech



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User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1692 posts, RR: 30
Reply 32, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 4860 times:

Quoting AllegiantAir (Reply 22):
I went to 6000 feet in a Tomahawk once.

and me 9500 feet once in a Cessna 152: you feel very 'small' at that altitude in that 2-seater, I tell you !!!



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User currently offlinerolypolyman From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 159 posts, RR: 0
Reply 33, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4839 times:

Interesting note -- a stock DC-8 Series 40 managed to get up to FL520 during the famous test flight where it briefly went supersonic. It would be interesting to know how that was done.. I presume it was very light and those last thousand feet must have taken an eternity. It would be interesting to know how high some of the Boeing, Douglas, and Lockheed test flights have gotten, but I guess that's a topic for another thread.

User currently offlineB6JFKH81 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2894 posts, RR: 7
Reply 34, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4828 times:

FL410 on almost every B6 E190 flight I've been on that is longer than 90 minutes....


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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25626 posts, RR: 22
Reply 35, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4787 times:

Quoting rolypolyman (Reply 33):
Interesting note -- a stock DC-8 Series 40 managed to get up to FL520 during the famous test flight where it briefly went supersonic. It would be interesting to know how that was done.. I presume it was very light and those last thousand feet must have taken an eternity.

They had very little fuel. More details in this article.
http://www.airspacemag.com/history-o...here-Boeing-Will-Never-Try-It.html


User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10905 posts, RR: 37
Reply 36, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4550 times:

Concorde - 58 to 60 or slightly more Kft.

No other passenger transport aircraft will ever surpass Concorde - like it or not.

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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25626 posts, RR: 22
Reply 37, posted (1 year 10 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 4352 times:

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 36):
Concorde - 58 to 60 or slightly more Kft.

Doubt it was more than 60K as that was the certificated maximum operating altitude.


User currently offlineCitationjet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2444 posts, RR: 3
Reply 38, posted (1 year 10 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 4286 times:

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 37):
Doubt it was more than 60K as that was the certificated maximum operating altitude

  

See TCDS:
http://rgl.faa.gov/Regulatory_and_Gu...538625768000667af2/$FILE/a45eu.pdf



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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10905 posts, RR: 37
Reply 39, posted (1 year 10 months 5 days ago) and read 4229 times:

Quoting Citationjet (Reply 38):

See TCDS:
http://rgl.faa.gov/Regulatory_and_Gu...u.pdf

Thank you for posting this. Always been looking for it.

  



There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
User currently offlineredzeppelin From United States of America, joined Feb 2012, 610 posts, RR: 0
Reply 40, posted (1 year 10 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4179 times:

I'm sure I've been to FL410, although I can't say exactly when. It's not something that I log. The highest that I have hiked to is 12,668 feet: Idaho's Borah Peak.


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User currently offlinewarren747sp From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1167 posts, RR: 0
Reply 41, posted (1 year 10 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 4126 times:

Pan Am 747SP FL45000 JFK-NRT toward the latte part of the flight!


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User currently offlineCitationjet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2444 posts, RR: 3
Reply 42, posted (1 year 10 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4075 times:

Quoting warren747sp (Reply 41):
FL45000

Either you mean FL450, or you definitely have the record for the highest altitude.....  



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User currently offlinewarren747sp From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1167 posts, RR: 0
Reply 43, posted (1 year 10 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4033 times:

Hi, Citation
must gone to the moon, 45000ft



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User currently offlineGoodbye From Australia, joined Jan 2001, 913 posts, RR: 10
Reply 44, posted (1 year 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3840 times:

FL410 on CX CNS-BNE. I was quite surprised that on a shortish sector (2hrs or so) we got so high!

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