A Chair, Balloons, and a Dream: Oregon Man Takes Flight

By: CBS News
By: CBS News

An Oregon man decided to take a little trip last weekend. He packed up his snacks, 105 balloons, and sat down in his lawn chair.

Moments later, Kent Couch from Bend, Oregon was airborne. His goal was to make it to Idaho. He had instruments to measure his altitude and speed. He also took along a GPS device. Couch used four plastic bags, with five gallons of water each to act as ballast that allowed him to turn a spigot, release water and rise.

Nearly nine hours later, 47 year old Couch landed nearly 200 miles from home, just short of the Idaho border. Couch said he wanted to see the state from the air. This is his second balloon flight. Last September he went up, but only for six hours. He had to parachute out after using a BB gun to pop the balloons. This time he rigged up a device to allow a slow release of helium from the balloons.

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