Monday, February 22, 2010

Up in the Air

It's getting very close to that time. I'm heading back to China, for what would be my sixth trip there. To give you an idea of the scale of traveling to and from China six times here is a little info:
  • On March 20th I will be 23,23 years = 12,096,821.6 minutes.
  • Average speed of a passenger plane flying internationally is around 875 mph.
  • The flight distance from Chicago to Shanghai is about 7,088 miles.
  • Depending on the weather and currents the flight time is around 13 to 14 hours (Chicago to Hong Kong - 16 hours.)
  • Four Flights to Shanghai/Beijing(Same flight length) + One flight to Hong Kong= 36,150 miles/72 hours in the air (3 days)
  • The distance from Oregon to Maine is 3191 miles or 1 day and 23 hours
  • The circumference of the earth is 24,901.55 miles
  • In the five flights traveled I circled the globe 1.45 times.
Hold the phone... I almost forgot one crucial thing. This only applies to the travel to China this doesn't include return flights. So when you double everything you get 72,300 miles traveled for a total of 144 hours in the air. When you do that math I have circled the globe 2.9 times over the course of 6 days.

If you also add the next flight to and from China I will in total have flown around 86476 miles, traveled around the globe 3.47 times and been up in the air 170 hours.

So out of those 12,096,821.6 minutes I will have lived on this earth by my 23rd birthday I will have spent more than 10,200 minutes of them Up in the air.

7 days = 0.0191653649 years

It’s quite extraordinary when you do the math.

Shameless Movie Plug: I loved the movie Up in the Air.

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