Men Attempt World Record Lawnchair Flight
Two men tried to set a new Guinness World Record — by flying in lawnchairs with balloons!
The Oregon gas station owner and an Iraqi adventurer took flight Saturday afternoon from Bend.
They rode in two lawnchairs strapped with 350 large helium balloons. The pair planed to travel all the way to Montana.
However about six hours into their flight Saturday, they had to stop because of weather.
The trip isn’t anything new for Kent Couch. He’s made several lawn chair voyages over the past few years.
“You can set a Kleenex on your lap it doesn’t blow off, you can hear a dog bark at 15,000 feet, it just bounces off the earth, it’s a beautiful feeling,” said Couch. “It just feels like you would imagine if you were floating through the sky on a little puff cloud, that’s the experience we get. Its an addictive experience.”
Couch says he’s doing the flight to raise awareness for Iraqi orphans. The duo are planning another trip in Iraq this October.