The world looks different from 41,000 feet. Climb to nearly eight miles above the sea, and you’ll note some dramatic changes compared to the view at lower altitudes. For one thing, the perpetual haze layer that plagues so much of the U.S. often becomes thicker and more opaque. If you look up rather than down, you’ll see a dark-cobalt sky, not the solid black the astronauts report on their journey to orbit, but a deep navy blue.
You’re virtually alone at this altitude. Many airliners can operate at FL410, but only after burning fuel load down for several hours. There are a number of corporate jets that can top 41,000 feet, but all are far more expensive than the Eclipse. Contrails are nearly always below you rather than above.