Why does this 747 seem to be at such a high altitude? I fly on a fairly regular basis, but have never gotten a view like this. 95% of my flights are domestic, so maybe you go higher when traveling extremely long distances? Or is this an optical allusion and it is at a normal altitude? I was just curious. Can any pilots give an estimate of the altitude it is at?
It is a beautiful photo, I always thought you had to be in a plane like the concord to enjoy a view like this!
RayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 7916 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (13 years 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 975 times:
Actually, it's fairly common that some jetliners can cruise above 38,000 feet near the end of their flights as the fuel is burned off. I know that Boeing 747-400's and 777-200ER's often do this on long international flights.
In the heyday of the 747SP, cruising altitudes of above 42,000 feet were not uncommon.
I Like To Fly From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1188 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (13 years 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 908 times:
So if I were sitting in this plane, I would not have had this view? It is just the camera lens? Sounds logical. I know very little about photography and just assumed that would be what you saw looking out the window, so thanks for the help.
Still a very beautiful photo.
QANTAS747-438 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1882 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (13 years 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 876 times:
I was on an American Airlines DC-10 going LAX-JFK and the pilot told us that we too were cruising over a storm and we went from 37,000 to 42,000 feet. It was pretty wierd being so high, then all the sudden climbing even more!
My posts/replies are strictly my opinion and not that of any company, organization, or Southwest Airlines.
Zsx81 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 301 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (13 years 4 days ago) and read 867 times:
Look at the picture. The clouds are quiet a distance away from the aircraft, and the sun is at a perfect angle to make it look like you are way up there, plus the color of the water or land whatever is under those clouds is decieving too. Just my personal opinion.