Jets Sermon Illustrations

Jets Sermon Illustrations

Jet Sets

Jet sets what? Fifty records. Here is the printed statement of the records set between New Orleans and West Germany:

Flying a four-engine jet called Scarlett O'Hara, American aviatrix Jacqueline Cochrane streaked from New Orleans to West Germany and promptly claimed nearly half a hundred flight records.

Miss Cochrane, first woman to break the sound barrier, landed Sunday night after a flight that averaged 489 miles per hour. Her top speed in the Lockheed Jetstar plane—made in Marietta, Georgia—was 620 m.p.h. The flyer, wife of American pen manufacturer, Floyd Odium, took off from New Orleans with three companions at 1:20 a.m., Eastern Standard Time. They made fueling stops at Gander and Shannon, Ireland, and landed at 3 p.m. est.

A Lockheed spokesman said at a news conference that Miss Cochrane set twenty-four new records. In Washington, the National Aeronautic Association said she had submitted claims to twenty-four women's records and in addition claimed twenty-five other world marks for a total of forty-nine. The NAA called this the largest number ever submitted for a single flight. Miss Cochrane previously had thirty-three national and international flight records, and sixteen of these still are in effect.

The major record claimed was an international mark for distance in a straight line, for a jet plane piloted by a woman. That was for the 2,279 miles between New Orleans and Gander, over which she averaged 479.8 miles an hour.

The NAA said this would be submitted to the International Aeronautic Federation at Paris as a straight line record for jets. Yet in the face of this marvelous covering of distances, some of these silly question-mark-placers deny what we read in II Kings 2:11:

And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire,  and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven  (II  Kings 2:11). And such find little joy in these words:

Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty. Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain: who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind (Psalm 104:1-3).

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