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  1. #1
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    Jun 2004
    SF Bay Area, CA

    Post Ore. man completes flight of fancy - in lawn chair

    By JEFF BARNARD 1 hour ago
    BEND, Ore. (AP) Using his trusty BB gun to help him return to Earth, a 48-year-old gas station owner flew a lawn chair rigged with helium-filled balloons more than 200 miles across the Oregon desert Saturday, landing in a field in Idaho.

    We go outside to look, and lo and behold, there he is. He's flying by probably 100 to 200 feet off the ground.
    "He takes his BB gun and shoots some balloons to lower himself to the ground. When he hit the ground he released all the little tiny balloons. People were racing down the road with cameras. They were all talking and laughing."
    Couch covered about 235 miles in about nine hours after lifting off at dawn from his gas station riding in a green lawn chair rigged with an array of more than 150 giant party balloons.
    For that job, he carried a Red Ryder BB gun and a blow gun equipped with steel darts. He also had a pole with a hook for pulling in balloons, a parachute in case anything went wrong, a handheld Global Positioning System device with altimeter, a satellite phone, and two GPS tracking devices. One was one for him, the other for the chair, which got away in the wind as he landed last year.
    For food he carried some boiled eggs, jerky and chocolate. more at link:
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    Dec 2007
    How cool is that
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