New Mexico congressman honors vets with solo world flight

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Posted: Apr 18, 2016 2:40 PM

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico Republican congressman is attempting a solo flight around the world to honor war veterans.

The Hobbs News-Sun Newspaper reports (http://goo.gl/eGL9fZ) that U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce has nearly completed a worldwide expedition but his plane was sitting in a hangar in Spain this weekend while waiting for the weather to improve.

The 68-year-old began the planned 16-day trip on March 27, departing in his 1998 Mooney M20M Bravo from Las Vegas, New Mexico.

The original 21-leg flight plan had Pearce flying West to Hawaii through Asia on to the Arabian Peninsula then to Spain, Portugal, and eventually back to the U.S.

In Thailand, he left a memorial for veterans made by the Isleta Pueblo, one of 19 American Indian pueblos in New Mexico.

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Information from: Hobbs News-Sun, http://www.hobbsnews.com