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High Altitude

Fri Mar 09, 2001 12:32 pm

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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!
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RE: High Altitude

Fri Mar 09, 2001 1:07 pm

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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RE: High Altitude

Fri Mar 09, 2001 5:04 pm

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!!

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RE: High Altitude

Fri Mar 09, 2001 9:54 pm

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.
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RE: High Altitude

Sat Mar 10, 2001 1:34 am

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

RE: High Altitude

Sat Mar 10, 2001 4:33 am

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.
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RE: High Altitude

Sat Mar 10, 2001 9:32 am

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.
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RE: High Altitude

Sat Mar 10, 2001 9:40 am

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.
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RE: High Altitude

Sat Mar 10, 2001 2:03 pm

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!

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RE: High Altitude

Sat Mar 10, 2001 2:32 pm

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.
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RE: High Altitude

Sat Mar 10, 2001 2:49 pm

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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RE: High Altitude

Sat Mar 10, 2001 3:32 pm

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.

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