Lawmaker sees poverty, humanity on his around-the-world trip

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – A New Mexico Republican who is attempting a solo flight around the world says the experience has reminded him of the world’s poverty and shared humanity.

U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce told The Associated Press on Friday the trip has brought back memories of his time as a pilot in the Vietnam War. He says the experience so far has been stunning.

Pearce, who is back in Washington, D.C., has nearly completed a worldwide expedition in a plane the size of a Volkswagen Beetle. The trip is mean to honor U.S. veterans killed in foreign wars.

The flight, which began March 27 from Nevada, recently was cut short in Spain because of weather. Pearce says he has 365 days to complete the last two legs for certification. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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