lawn chair flight

seriously, what kid hasn’t dreamed of doing this?

Saturday, July 7, 2007
99 Balloons
Balloons suspend Kent Couch in a lawn chair as he floats in the skies near Bend, Ore., on his way to Idaho. Flying a total of 193 miles, Couch carried a global positioning system device, a two-way radio, a digital camcorder and a cell phone. He also had instruments to measure his altitude and speed and plastic bags of water to act as a ballast.

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11 thoughts on “lawn chair flight”

  1. Every American should have the freedom to use the sky to “experiment” if they like. Instead, the FAA seems to feel as if “they” own the sky and air over America. This pioneer was tracked down by the FAA and fined.

  2. Jimmy_C – I don’t necessarily want to disagree with you, but I think our minds would be changed if a 747 ran into that. Those mountains in the background would make mighty tempting targets for an out of control jetliner.

  3. Marko,
    Totally unrelated to your post, but thought I would share a site with ya… It’s a lot like the WeeMee site that you shared a few months back…I just got the link sent to me from a student and am checking it out right now and thought you might need something else to kill some time online…

  4. Jeff Moulton -His flying machine was on radar the entire time. Also, commercial air traffic usually carries enough equipment that they would “see” such an object.

  5. Jimmy – Sure, I understand all of that. Under normal circumstances it shouldn’t even remotely be a problem.

    But I really wonder what you could say to a surviving family member who lost a loved one after running into that thing under not-normal circumstances. What do you write in the obituary? What do you say at the funeral?

    Of course, do normal balloons have to register a flight plan?

  6. Marko, I think this guy was on the tonight show last week. If it is the same guy, he asked the FAA and found there was nothing saying he could not do it. In fact they set up the balloons and Jay Leno took a short ride.

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