Lucky Number Three: Festively Soaring Up, Up and Away

Lucky Number Three: Festively Soaring Up, Up and Away

Kent Couch’s 2007 Balloon-Powered Lawn Chair Flight

In 2006, Kent Couch had to parachute out of his lawn chair, after having popped too many balloons. And in 2007, he flew 193 miles to the sagebrush of northeastern Oregon, which was a little bit short of his goal. After the 2007 flight, Couch stated, “I’m not stopping till I get out of state.”

Television Report: The 2007 Balloon-Powered Lawn Chair Flight

The 2007 Balloon-Powered Lawn Chair Flight

Lucky Number Three: Soaring Up, Up and Away

This was Kent Couch’s third balloon-powered lawn chair flight. Riding in his lawn chair that was supported by a rainbow array of more than 150 helium-filled party balloons, Couch took off last Saturday in his third attempt to fly from central Oregon all the way to Idaho.

Couch kissed his wife and children goodbye, and patted their shivering pet Chihuahua, before his ground crew gave him a push so that he could clear surrounding light poles and a coffee cart. Then, clutching a big mug of coffee, Couch rose out of his gas station’s parking lot into the bright blue morning sky, cheered on by a crowd of spectators.

Using his trusty BB gun to help him return to Earth, the 48-year-old gas station owner flew his lawn chair powered by helium-filled balloons more than 200 miles across the Oregon desert, landing in a field in Idaho. Couch created quite a sensation in the tiny farming community of Cambridge, Idaho, as he touched down safely in a pasture where he was soon greeted by dozens of the town’s residents.

Crouch Makes Preparations for His 2008 Lawn Chair Flight

Television Report: The 2008 Balloon-Powered Lawn Chair Flight

Lucky Number Three: Festively Soaring Up, Up and Away

Good Morning America Interview After the Successful Flight

Music Audio: The Fifth Dimension/Up, Up and Away:

Lucky Number Three: Festively Soaring Up, Up and Away

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