Man prepares lawn chair balloon launch

2012-07-14 14:40

Oregon - A US gas station owner is preparing to fly a pair of lawn chairs suspended from helium-filled party balloons with an Iraqi adventurer by his side.

Kent Couch plans to lift off from his Shell station in Bend, Oregon, on Saturday morning with Fareed Lafta, who contacted Couch after reading of his earlier exploits.

Volunteers will fill 350 five-foot party balloons with helium and tie them to the specially constructed tandem lawn chair rig.

The two men hope to fly through the night across Idaho and touchdown on Sunday morning somewhere in southwestern Montana.

Couch's longest flight was in 2008, when he covered about 378km solo and reached Idaho.

This flight is a warm-up for plans to fly a tandem lawn chair balloon rig in Baghdad sometime in the future.

  • - 2012-07-14 14:49

    Flying over Baghdad is not a good idea ever. Who can't shoot a baloon with all the guns lying around?

  • flysouth - 2012-07-14 14:56

    Nothing new here - this was done by a guy over Los Angeles in the 1970s. Aircraft landing at LAX reported him to Air Traffic Control. He used an airgun to pop balloons to descend.

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