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 come down to it…”

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