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User currently offlineI Like To Fly From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1188 posts, RR: 2
Posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1101 times:


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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!
Thanks!

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User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5489 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1058 times:

The highest I've flown is 41,000 feet, and didn't see that kind of view. I think a wide lens is part of the answer in getting a shot like that (the curveature in the earth).

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User currently offlineAirnewzealand From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 2542 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1042 times:

What a great view. When we flew at a hight of 35000 feet we did not see anything like this. Might have something to do with the Clouds??

Anyways, what a great shot, just magnificent!!

Cheers
mikey


User currently offlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 7985 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1019 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.


User currently offlineCarioca Canuck From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1005 times:

I've flown at 41,000 before on several occasions.

User currently offlineIFF/7000 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 984 times:

I've flown in the Airforce and there we cruised around FL450 or higher. The effect on the pic. is due to the lens that was used.
Regards


User currently offlineI Like To Fly From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1188 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 952 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.


User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 47
Reply 7, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 949 times:

July 20, 1994:

USAir 767-200 flt #1789 enroute from PHL-LAX, the captain informed us that we were at 42,000 ft to get "over" a storm over Illinois.


User currently offlineShawn Patrick From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2608 posts, RR: 17
Reply 8, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 927 times:

I've flown at FL410 while enroute DEN-BOS (UAL B757)because of heavy turbulence at lower altitudes. FL410 was not much better, but I doubt we could have gotten any higher!

-Shawn


User currently offlineCba From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 4531 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 923 times:

Highest I've flown was at 37,000 in a CO 737-700 from EWR-IAH. Also in a UA A319 from LAX-IAH. Anyone here experienced the view from the concord at FL600? They say that the view is breathtaking.

User currently offlineQANTAS747-438 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1922 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 920 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!


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User currently offlineZsx81 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 301 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (13 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 911 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.
Ali


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