Lawn Chair Balloonist – Bend Oregon

Lawn Chair Balloonist - Bend Oregon

FILE – In this July 7, 2007 file photo, cluster balloonist Kent Couch, sitting in a lawn chair, ascends near Bend, Ore., past Mount Bachelor to his cruising altitude at the start of his attempt to fly to Idaho. Couch, who failed to reach Idaho in 2007 but succeeded on his next attempt in 2008, is planning another cluster balloon adventure, in Baghdad. Couch told KTVZ he was invited by Iraqi daredevil Fareed Lafta, who wants to lift off with him on Nov. 15 at a Talent for Youth Conference in the Green Zone. Couch says he’s working with U.S. and Iraqi military to make sure they’ll be secure on what he hopes will be a flight of more than 400 miles at an elevation of 25,000 feet, using oxygen masks. (AP Photo/The Bulletin, Pete Erickson, File) NO SALES