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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 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5298 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, 2184 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5288 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, 7119 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5265 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, 2490 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 5266 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 offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17051 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5262 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 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5261 times:

FL 430 on a QF A380 SYD-LAX.


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User currently offlineweb500sjc From United States of America, joined Sep 2009, 726 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5261 times:

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, 3123 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5253 times:

Concorde. I think it was around 55k.


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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24824 posts, RR: 22
Reply 8, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 5240 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, 8968 posts, RR: 76
Reply 9, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 5111 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, 2423 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 5063 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 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5051 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 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5049 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, 6130 posts, RR: 30
Reply 13, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 5013 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?


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User currently offlinedaviation From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 592 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 5011 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?



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User currently offlineflymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7119 posts, RR: 9
Reply 15, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 5008 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, 24824 posts, RR: 22
Reply 16, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 5005 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 Canada, joined Jul 2009, 1451 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 5004 times:

I believe mine was onboard OZ 744 JFK-ICN FL390

jetBlue777



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User currently offlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6130 posts, RR: 30
Reply 18, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4999 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.



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User currently offlineCitationjet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2423 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 4950 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, 1684 posts, RR: 31
Reply 20, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4907 times:

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


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User currently offlineflylonghaul From Australia, joined Feb 2010, 140 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 4876 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 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4853 times:

I went to 6000 feet in a Tomahawk once.   


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User currently offlinePHX787 From Japan, joined Mar 2012, 7204 posts, RR: 17
Reply 23, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4850 times:

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



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User currently onlinenipoel123 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2011, 267 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 4849 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, 2684 posts, RR: 53
Reply 25, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 4937 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 Germany, joined Jul 2005, 1456 posts, RR: 1
Reply 26, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 4904 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, 4913 posts, RR: 43
Reply 27, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4956 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, 24824 posts, RR: 22
Reply 28, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4882 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, 4913 posts, RR: 43
Reply 29, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4880 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 onlineB777LRF From Luxembourg, joined Nov 2008, 1302 posts, RR: 3
Reply 30, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4852 times:

59.500 onboard a Speedbird Concorde.


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User currently offlinejetmech From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 2684 posts, RR: 53
Reply 31, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4829 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, 1684 posts, RR: 31
Reply 32, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 4783 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 7 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 4762 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, 2873 posts, RR: 7
Reply 34, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 4751 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, 24824 posts, RR: 22
Reply 35, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 4710 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, 10884 posts, RR: 37
Reply 36, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4473 times:

Concorde - 58 to 60 or slightly more Kft.

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEB9c1b6CHo

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[Edited 2012-12-16 01:56:15]


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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24824 posts, RR: 22
Reply 37, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 4275 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, 2423 posts, RR: 3
Reply 38, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4209 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, 10884 posts, RR: 37
Reply 39, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 4152 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, 548 posts, RR: 0
Reply 40, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 4102 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, 1152 posts, RR: 0
Reply 41, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 4049 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, 2423 posts, RR: 3
Reply 42, posted (1 year 7 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3998 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, 1152 posts, RR: 0
Reply 43, posted (1 year 7 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3956 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 7 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 3763 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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