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PERSEVERANCE

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The only people who may have more time on board an airplane than Tom Stuker are the pilots. In 2012, Stuker achieved a rare honor, becoming the first passenger to fly 1 million miles on United Airlines in a calendar year. Stuker’s job as a sales consultant requires a lot of travel. Just a couple of years ago, the airline named a plane after him because he had logged 10 million lifetime flight miles. Stuker says he prefers to sit in the aisle seat when he flies, and in the 7,000 plus flights he has been on, he has never seen the oxygen masks come down, or had an emergency landing. He says there have been aborted takeoffs and landings, as well as a share of the realities of life experienced in-flight. When asked about his plans for the coming year Stuker said he will cut back a little and only fly 500,000 miles. When asked how he felt after the equivalent of 40 trips around the world in less than a year, Stuker laughed and said, “Tired. I know I’ll never fly this much again in a year.”— Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

Extreme traveler flies 1 million miles in a year, http://www.nbcnews.com/travel/travelkit/extreme-traveler-flies-1-million-miles-year-1C7661414, Accessed: December 20, 2012.

Ecclesiastes 1:14 (ESV) I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind.

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