There is such a thing as an "absolute" record, which means the fastest, the highest or the farthest of anyone. But most records, thanks to Orville's forethought, are more limited in scope. My record is for my class and my route. I was in Class C-1, Subclass b, Group 1 — meaning I flew a land plane, with a takeoff weight between 1,102 and 2,205 pounds, equipped with an internal combustion engine. The route for my record flight was Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Amarillo, Texas, along the historic airmail route. My record will stand forever unless someone else in a C-1b, Group 1 plane flies the same route and beats my speed by 1 percent or more.