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Oregon lawn chair balloonist plans Baghdad flight, hopes to avoid floating into Iran

On July 5, 2008, Bend, Oregon resident Kent Couch tied more than 150 large helium balloons to a lawn chair and floated 235 miles before landing in an Idaho field.  He reached 15,000 feet of elevation during his flight. 

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This July 5, 2008 file photo shows Kent Couch flying away from his gas station in Bend, Ore., riding a lawn chair rigged with more than 150 giant party balloons for a flight that ended in an Idaho farm field. Couch headed Thursday for Dubai, where he will prepare for a Nov. 15 launch of a double lawn chair with 300 balloons to inspire Iraqi youth.

Now Couch is planning to fly a double lawn chair with even more balloons rigged to it up to an elevation of 25,000 feet over Iraq.  He'll be accompanied by Iraqi daredevil Fareed Lafta.   Read our full story here, and visit Couch's site to learn more about his balloon adventures.

Jeff Barnard / AP

This July 5, 2008 file photo shows Kent Couch just before flying away from his gas station in Bend, Ore., riding a lawn chair rigged with more than 150 giant party balloons for a flight that ended in an Idaho farm field. Couch headed Thursday for Dubai, where he is preparing for a Nov. 15 launch in Baghdad of a double lawn chair with 300 balloons to inspire Iraqi youth.