- Associated Press - Monday, June 6, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico Republican has completed a solo flight around the world to honor U.S. veterans killed in wars.

The office of U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce said the Hobbs Republican finished the final legs of his trip last week after the flight was delayed due to weather in Spain.

The Vietnam War veteran had 365 days to complete the last part of the worldwide expedition to be certified.

The flight, which began March 27 from Nevada, stretched across the Pacific and through the Coral and Java Seas. He then flew through the Persian Gulf and into the Mediterranean.

The 68-year-old Pearce told The Associated Press the trip in the tiny plane brought back memories of his time as a pilot in the Vietnam War. He says the experience was stunning.

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