How high?

In another famous SR-71 story, Los Angeles Center reported receiving a request for clearance to FL 600 (60,000ft). The incredulous controller, with some disdain in his voice, asked: "How do you plan to get up to 60,000 feet?”

The pilot (obviously a sled driver), responded: "We don’t plan to go up to it; we plan to go down to it."

He was cleared.

3 Responses to How high?

  1. Mungo December 14, 2009 at 12:33 #

    Brilliant quote.

  2. Patrick Flannigan December 14, 2009 at 15:41 #

    Very clever – hah!

  3. Ian Valentine December 14, 2009 at 22:44 #

    The way I heard it (from memory – this is a legend) was:

    "Control this is , Request FL600"

    " XXX, FL600 is all yours if you can get up there…"

    "Roger, DECENDING FL600……"

    It always seemed strange to me that a controler would not know the current level of traffic he was monitoring… It would be interesting to actually know this origins of this Myth, and if its Busted or not!

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