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Saturday
Jul142012

Lawn Chair Balloon Duo Set to Take Flight

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- An Oregon gas station owner and his Iraqi co-pilot will take off Saturday in two lawn chairs tethered to 350 balloons.

Kent Couch and Fareed Lafta will lift off from Couch’s Shell station in Bend, Ore., at 10 a.m. PST. The daredevil pair say they hope to clear at least 400 miles, which would mean a landing somewhere near southwestern Montana Sunday morning.

Eight hundred pounds of ballast, red Kool-Aid in barrels, will be on board with the men. They’ll also be equipped with a GPS, a satellite phone and parachutes.

When it comes time to land, Couch and Lafta will use a Red Ryder BB rifle to shoot out enough balloons to help them have a smooth landing.

The pair also plans to embark on another flight together in the fall, this time in Iraq.

The lawn chair balloonists are using the flight as an opportunity to raise awareness for Iraqi orphans, Couch said on his website.

In 2008, Couch gained national attention when he floated 235 miles from Oregon to Idaho in a solo flight.

He described the appeal of floating through the sky on a lawn chair to ABC News’ Diane Sawyer in 2007.

“It was serene, just like you’re on top of a cloud laying there,” Couch said. “It was just like being on ice, nice and smooth.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Saturday
Jun162012

Lawn Chair Balloonist Set for Next Ride

iStockphoto/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) --- A man who rode 235 miles in a lawn chair tethered to a bouquet of balloons has announced he will ride again, but this time he’ll be joined by a co-pilot.

Kent Couch and Iraqi adventurer Fareed Lafta plan to take off from Couch’s gas station in Bend, Ore., on July 14 . The daredevil pair say they hope to clear at least 400 miles, which would mean a landing somewhere near southwestern Montana.

The pair also plans to embark on another flight together in the fall, this time in Iraq.

The lawn chair balloonists are using the flight as an opportunity to raise awareness for Iraqi orphans, Couch said on his website.

In 2008, the cluster balloonist gained national attention when he floated from his home state of Oregon to Idaho.

He described the appeal of floating through the sky on a lawn chair to ABC News’ Diane Sawyer in 2007.

“It was serene, just like you’re on top of a cloud laying there,” Couch said. “It was just like being on ice, nice and smooth.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio







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